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Language Assessment personnel gather community information to support strategic language development planning. They also contribute expertise to monitoring language development progress.
Language Surveyors help assure that situational information and preliminary sociolinguistic analysis are available regarding languages and peoples in a particular geographical area.
Surveyors work on a team under the direction of an experienced language assessment specialist. Surveyors gather both secondary data from libraries, the internet, journals, and linguistic seminars, and primary data through social, linguistic, and sociolinguistic research.
Recommended academic training: Coursework substantially equivalent to the following SIL standard courses:
Language Assessment Specialist
Language Assessment Specialists lead language survey teams, or assist communities or language development teams to do sociolinguistic research in support of sound language development planning.
Language Assessment Specialists generally complete a 2-year term of work as a Language Surveyor. Additional training for this role includes the courses required for the Language Surveyor role plus additional professional development in at least one of these following areas:
Language Survey Consultant
Language Assessment Consultants have broad experience in language assessment. An advanced degree, usually in sociolinguistics, is generally required.