Lewis University Chooses OWL Testing Software for Web-Based Foreign Language Proficiency Testing
PITTSBURGH (June 2, 2009) – Lewis University, a top private Midwestern university, and OWL Testing Software, a premier provider of affordable Web-based testing and assessment systems for academia, government, and business users, are proud to announce that students and teachers in the University’s foreign language program will begin using OWL’s assessment solutions. Software hosted at OWL’s data center will be used for testing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; as well as for test authoring, scheduling, rating, and reporting.
Serafima Gettys, Ph.D., assistant professor and coordinator of foreign language programs, led the discovery and analysis of language testing solutions for Lewis. She is certified as an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) rater.
Dr. Gettys selected OWL software because it is portable, flexible, and eliminates time and space constraints—with no need for administrators and test subjects to be in the same physical location at the same time. In addition, Lewis’ faculty may repurpose their tried and proven legacy content, as well as add new, validated Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) type content from the OWL Community Library—free of charge.
“OWL is a perfect solution for us,” says Dr. Gettys. “The software is affordable and exceptionally easy to use, can be accessed from anyplace there is a computer with a Web browser, and works with all languages.”
The University’s foreign language program includes classes in Spanish, French, and German; as well as less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.
“Lewis University’s tradition of excellence includes promoting understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of foreign cultures,” says Chris Dalessandri, president and CEO of OWL. “We’re proud to help them strengthen and perpetuate that tradition through the use of our unique technology designed specifically for improving language and cultural education.”
About OWL Testing Software
OWL Testing Software is a leading provider of language test building software to academia, business, and government markets. Built as a Web-based solution for test creation, administration, and management, OWL Testing Software is unique in its ability to create tests for all four communication skills – oral, aural, reading and writing. OWL is available as licensed software and as a hosted solution to meet the needs of the largest and smallest schools, businesses, and government agencies concerned with enhancing the language learning process and outcomes. Please visit www.owlts.com or call 412.573.6143 for more information.
About Lewis University
A Catholic university sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis offers nearly 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, accelerated degree completion options for working adults, various aviation programs and 22 graduate programs in nine fields. The 10th largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois is being honored for the fifth consecutive year by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. For more information please visit www.lewisu.edu.