Language Proficiency: Indicators

All evidence of language proficiency that applicants submit to the College must demonstrate the following:

  • Currency – the evidence must be recent and show the applicant is proficient in English or French
  • Comprehensiveness – the evidence must show the applicant can communicate and comprehend effectively in English or French, at the level required for nursing practice, in all four types of language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Application – the evidence must show the applicant can communicate in English or French, taking into consideration how the applicant uses her/his communication skills and the context in which the communication take place. Factors include:
    • the use of various types of communication (in person, phone, email, correspondence)
    • informal and formal circumstances (conversations, meetings, work-related interactions)
    • moderately demanding to demanding contexts (using language in both familiar, low-risk situations and high-stakes situations where communication style can have significant consequences) 
    • predictable and unpredictable circumstances (routine and familiar versus variable and changeable social, educational and work-related situations)
       

The following are examples of language proficiency indicators that the College considers in assessing language proficiency in the four types of language skills:  

Reading

The applicant can, in moderately demanding contexts:
  • read and understand work policies, regulations, standards, etc.
  • read and understand information that she or he researched.

Writing

The applicant can, in moderately demanding contexts:
  • correctly document information in the manner required for the work being performed and the documented information can be understood and used by others
  • prepare reports or other multi-page documents that can be understood and used by others
  • take notes during a conversation, presentation, etc., and then summarize them in writing for colleagues.

Listening

The applicant can, in demanding contexts:
  • listen to multi-step, complex instructions and carry them out
  • use contextual clues (e.g., tone of voice, body language) in order to respond appropriately to a situation.

Speaking

The applicant can, in demanding contexts:
  • clearly explain to another person how to perform a task or procedure
  • communicate with others in order to solve problems
  • interact appropriately with others in unfamiliar situations.
Page last reviewed July 28, 2014