ELSA is an acronym for English Literacy Skills Assessment. It is a language, norms-based, group measuring instrument that can quantify and diagnose.
ELSA quantifies a respondent's English language (and numeracy) skills performance, equating the competency-input performance level to that of a South African English mother-tongue peer. In diagnosing, it shows up an individual's strengths and weaknesses in an English language work/training environment.
It is essentially a prior-learning and ABET-placement guide for English (and Numeracy/Maths). It is also used as a selection tool in recruitment practice.
• Pick out your potential achievers and identify the ones who don't have the language skills to develop their potential.
• ELSA will also pick out those with poorly developed language skills to upgrade their skills .
• ELSA will ascertain and verify the competency input levels of newcomers, in particular
those for whom English is a second or third language.
• ELSA will help determine the English comfort zone of your work force or student body which, in turn, will enable make instructional materials, in-house publications, standing orders, IR procedures, etc. user-friendly.