Language for Specific Purposes (LSP)

The Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses on examinations designed to measure the language proficiency needed to function within general work-related contexts (rather than specific professions or industries). A key issue for the group is the relationship between LSP and general language examinations; as a result, the ALTE Framework of Levels allows both to be compared so users can see which language qualifications are at the same level.

The LSP SIG also discusses issues such as the role of LSP examinations as an instrument for selection within the job market; LSP in the context of migration; the development of examinations for specific professional needs; and the development of modules or tailor-made examinations for specific groups of candidates.