Frequently asked questions about DIALANG

Updated 22 March 2017


How much does it cost to use DIALANG?
Nothing!
DIALANG is free to use (and our objective is that DIALANG will remain free in future)

How do I use DIALANG?
You click on this link

Do I need a software licence to run DIALANG
No. You can use DIALANG without a licence.

How do I obtain a user-name and password?
DIALANG has no user-names. No passwords. No registration. No login.
You start the client and do the tests.

What user data does DIALANG obtain and save?
There is no login to DIALANG. All users are anonymous, so DIALANG collects no user data.
DIALANG does collect anonymous statistics on the number of tests run per-language and per-skill.
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How can I show my result to my teacher?
You can print the screen of DIALANG.
It is possible to integrate DIALANG into Moodle (or other VLEs) via LTI. Please contact us for more details (charges may apply).

Are there versions of DIALANG for other (non-Microsoft) operating systems - such as Mac & Linux & Android?
Operating system dependency was a problem in "classical" DIALANG.
Now - if there is a web-browser for your operating system, you can use DIALANG.

Does DIALANG work with Windows 7, 8 or 10?
Windows version dependency was a problem in "classical" DIALANG.
Now - if there is a web-browser for your operating system, you can use DIALANG.

DIALANG remembers and disables the tests I take on my PC. How can a second user take the same tests on the same PC?
Exit from DIALANG and then start DIALANG again. Then you can take the same tests again.

Is there a time limit for a DIALANG test?
No - you can be as fast or as slow as you like!

Is the DIALANG Mailing List working?
No - the Mailing List is not in operation at present.

Is there a CD-ROM version of DIALANG?
No.

Are there different versions (revisions) of DIALANG?
No there is only one version.

Is anyone updating the DIALANG tests?
The current version of DIALANG is static at present. There is no resource to make any changes.

Can I install DIALANG on a local server?
No - you have to use the internet version.

Can I put a hyperlink to DIALANG on my web page to tell other people about it?
Yes - please go ahead

Can I use screenshots of DIALANG in material for my students?
Yes - you may do this, BUT:
(1) You must include "Copyright © DIALANG Consortium" to acknowledge the copyright holders; and
(2) You can show questions, but NO answers (correct or incorrect) from DIALANG.

How can I find out about the validity, reliability and calibration of the DIALANG tests?
See the book: "Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency" by Professor J. Charles Alderson ISBN 0-8264-9388-2 available from Amazon and elsewhere.

DIALANG has tests for Vocabulary and Grammar, but these skills are not part of the CEF scales. How can I find out about these tests?
See chapters 12 and 13 of Charles Alderson's book (details above)