Vol. 29 No. 2 (2014)
Research Articles

Diagnosing L2 Learners' Language Skills Based on the Use of a Web-Based Assessment Tool Called DIALANG

Mahboubeh Taghizadeh
University of Tehran
Sayyed Mohammad Alavi
University of Tehran
Abbas Ali Rezaee
University of Tehran
Published December 8, 2014
  • Common European Framework,
  • Self-assessment,
  • Listening,
  • Reading,
  • and Speaking skills
  • ...More
How to Cite
Taghizadeh, M., Alavi, S. M., & Rezaee, A. A. (2014). Diagnosing L2 Learners’ Language Skills Based on the Use of a Web-Based Assessment Tool Called DIALANG. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education / Revue Internationale Du E-Learning Et La Formation à Distance, 29(2). Retrieved from https://www.ijede.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/889


DIALANG is an online assessment system used for language learners who want to obtain diagnostic information about their language proficiency (Council of Europe, 2001). The purpose of this study was to examine skill-based self-assessment across different majors. This study was conducted with 68 Iranian students studying at the Alborz Institute of Higher Education. The participants' majors were Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL; n = 23), English Language Literature (ELL; n = 22), and English Language Translation (ELT; n = 23). DIALANG self-assessment scales, consisting of 107 statements with Yes/No responses, were used in this study. Results indicated that ELL students had the highest overall ranking for listening skills, whereas TEFL students received the lowest overall ranking. ELL students had the highest reading skill scores while ELT students demonstrated the lowest scores. ELL students ranked their writing ability the highest, whereas TEFL students rated their writing skill the lowest. Kruskal-Wallis analysis revealed that there was no statistically significant difference in listening and reading skills across the three majors. One-way between-group ANOVA did demonstrate a statistically significant difference in the writing self-assessment statements for the three groups. Implications and directions for future research with DIALANG are provided based on results from the study.


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