Intercultural Pragmatic Interactional Competence (IPIC) Assessment

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  • Levels: High school, university
  • Languages: Korean and Spanish

A national emphasis on high-stakes testing has fueled the development and expansion of proficiency assessments. The IPIC Assessment adds to this repertoire through the creation of a validated intercultural assessment to help determine students’ intercultural, pragmatic, and interactional competence in multilingual interactions.

Utilizing digital simulations, the intercultural assessment guides students through three scenarios with varying power and social distance factors to generate a student profile based on four dimensions critical to competence in this area: knowledge, analytical abilities, subjectivity, and awareness.

The three scenarios entail a peer-to-peer interaction, a service encounter between strangers, and a teacher-student or boss-employee interaction.

The intercultural assessment simulation allows for an individualized experience validated across learners, examines a set of macro-level skills used to interface with other linguistic abilities, and provides a context adept at considering language variation. The IPIC Assessment will aid educators in assessing students’ abilities to navigate multilingual interactions.

The IPIC Assessment is a partnership with the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at Georgetown University and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL).