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The Sign Language Proficiency Interview: Description And Use With Sign Language Of The Netherlands

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Boers-Visker, E.,  Poor, G.S.,  van  den  Bogaerde, B. (2015).
The sign language proficiencey interview: description and use with sign language of the Netherlands
Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED 2015). Greece, 6 to 9 July 2016, Athens. 
"The Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) is a tool for assessing functional sign language skill. Based on the Language Aptitude Test, it uses a recorded 20 minute conversation between a skilled interviewer and the candidate. The interview uses an ad
hoc series of probing and challenging questions to elicit the candidate’s best use of the
sign language, in topics relating to the candidate’s work, family/background,
and leisure activities. This video language sample is then analyzed to determine the
candidate’s rating on the SLPI Rating Scale. The rating process documents vocabulary,
grammar and comprehension, and follows a protocol that includes specific examples from the interview. The SLPI is used widely in the US and Canada with American Sign Language, and one of the presenters has adapted it for use with South African Sign Language. The presenters have recently adapted the SLPI for use with Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). While the interview process is the same regardless of the sign language, two aspects of the adaptation for NGT required attention: 1) modifying the grammar analysis to match NGT grammar; and 2) modifying the Rating Scale to align with that of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). "