International Linguistics Research 2024-04-24T17:33:07+08:00 Sarah Lane Open Journal Systems <p>International Linguistics Research (ILR) is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by <span lang="EN-US">IDEAS SPREAD INC</span>. The journal encourages submission in but not limited to subjects of linguistics, including theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics and applied linguistics. In addition to the broad area of language research, the creative approaches to language learning and teaching are also involved, leading linguistics to a higher level of cognitive development. The linguistic research contributes to cooperation of people groups throughout the world. Abundant and professional resources of linguistics are needed to meet a wide and infinitely varied range of communicative goals. From this perspective, the journal aims to improve the communicative power of the language and consolidate the national language communicative tool available to speakers. International Linguistics Research (ILR) also provides the opportunities for sharing the resources among members of the academic community. <br>The journal is published in both print and online versions. The online version is free access and download.</p> Is the English Proficiency Level Always Reflected in Placement Tests? 2024-03-13T19:46:47+08:00 Jurgita Cvilikaitė - Mačiulskienė Lina Danute Zutkiene <p>In today's globalized world, the importance of language learning is paramount due to factors such as international travel, work opportunities, and cultural exchange. Accurately assessing language proficiency and placing learners in appropriate courses is crucial to maximize the benefits of language education. Language placement tests serve this purpose by determining learners' starting points based on their language skills, ensuring they are appropriately challenged and motivated. These tests are widely used in educational institutions and typically cover various language skills like grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. By placing students at the right level, language placement tests enable instructors to tailor lessons to their individual needs, fostering growth and engagement. The integration of reliable placement tests has become indispensable in language education to provide fair assessment, effective instruction, and successful language acquisition. In this article, we present the results of a survey on the reliability of placement tests from the students’ perspective. The quantitative and qualitative study with 120 respondents was conducted in the spring semester of 2023 at Vytautas Magnus University. The study aimed to explore whether the participants believed that placement tests accurately gauge their actual language knowledge and skills and if VMU English Placement Test accurately identifies suitable language proficiency levels for students. The study also sought to collect data for recommendations to improve VMU English Placement Test. According to the respondents, VMU English Placement Test efficiently determines the test takers’ language proficiency levels. Nevertheless, a definitive answer to the question of whether English placement tests reliably indicate actual English language proficiency remains open, as the responses split evenly into positive and negative viewpoints. The study also revealed that all facets of English language competence, including writing, reading, grammar, and listening, must undergo assessment through placement tests.</p> 2024-03-13T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Constructivist e-Portfolios Empowering Transformative Learning of English Language 2024-04-24T17:33:07+08:00 Yan Li <p>The research about e-Portfolios has continued to increase exponentially, although much of the study is overlooking ground research in primary sources. In order to stimulate the need, in-depth analysis of e-Portfolios functions in transformative learning is constructed. Methodologically, this article employs thematic approach to analyse the transcript from two focus-group interviews into four themes. They include learning-focused behaviors,affective dimension, learning styles and Cognitive engagement. the findings reported.</p> 2024-04-24T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##