ACTFL Releases Topics for AAPPL Assessment

  • August 13, 2021

ACTFL has released a comprehensive list of content topics for the ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).

The AAPPL 2021-22, to be launched on September 15, will draw from an updated, comprehensive list of AAPPL topics. The list of topics represents broad, general categories, which can be applied across Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of proficiency. These topics are not new to the AAPPL; the list is a consolidated version of topics administered, since the AAPPL’s first administration. Moving forward, all AAPPL forms will be developed with items that are designed to address the topics on this comprehensive list, which will remain year-to-year.

This consistent set of topics may also serve as a guide for educators in planning curricula, lessons, and creating homework-based opportunities to facilitate learners’ development of all modes of communication Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Interpretive Listening, Interpretive Reading, and Presentational Writing, as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Topics for the AAPPL tasks are provided on the general topics list, so that learners may have the opportunity to practice “tasks within familiar contexts” (ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, 2012, p. 5). Teachers are encouraged to use these topics in lesson planning to facilitate learners’ practice across all modes of communication.

AAPPL is an assessment of proficiency and performance designed to complement classroom-based language learning. Because the AAPPL addresses performance towards proficiency, it 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 settings (proficiency); the AAPPL combines the two approaches to focus attention on both what students have learned to do and what they can do in new settings.

The AAPPL is available in Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. ACTFL’s website provides more detailed information about the AAPPL, including demos and helpful tools for teachers.