AAPPL Now Available for Elementary Learners of Chinese (Mandarin)

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ACTFL and Language Testing International (LTI), the exclusive licensee of ACTFL assessments, are pleased to announce that the AAPPL Form E will now include a Chinese (Mandarin) form, effective November 15, 2021. Similar to the current offerings in Spanish and English, the Chinese (Mandarin) AAPPL Form E is comprised solely of the Interpersonal Listening & Speaking (ILS) mode and is designed specifically for learners in Grades 3 and 4.

The AAPPL Form E includes standards-based tasks for the Interpersonal mode of communication, as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The assessment focuses on eliciting language at the Novice and Intermediate levels of proficiency as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, and ratings are assigned according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.

To view the full list of content topics for the AAPPL Form E, please click here. Consistent with ACTFL’s motto, “practice makes proficient,” these topics allow teachers to create opportunities for students to practice “tasks within familiar contexts” (ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, 2012, p. 5) for the Interpersonal mode.

A combination of performance and proficiency assessment is ideal for language learners who will transition from using the language in planned, rehearsed classroom settings (performance) to using it spontaneously in completely novel real-world settings (proficiency); the AAPPL combines these two approaches to focus attention on both what students have learned to do and what they can do in new settings. The AAPPL Form E provides young learners in Grades 3 and 4 an opportunity to demonstrate their language performance and progress toward proficiency within contexts that are age appropriate.

Visit the AAPPL page for detailed information, including demos and other helpful resources for teachers. For information on ordering the AAPPL, visit LTI.