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AAPPL to be available in four additional languages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Program is developing content for four new languages: Hindi, Italian, Japanese, and Thai. These tests will be available in Jan. 2018.

“ACTFL is excited to introduce these less commonly taught languages into our AAPPL catalogue. We hope this will give many more students the opportunity to assess their language performance and progress toward proficiency,” said Dr. Leah Graham, associate director of ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research, and Development.

Below are the content topics for the 2018 assessment for the new languages. Instructors whose students will be taking AAPPL in the spring of 2018 may wish to create tasks based on these topics as part of their students’ preparation.

AAPPL Content 2018 (Grades 6 and below):

Hindi, Italian, Japanese & Thai only

2018 content topics for AAPPL’s nine other languages (Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) will be published at the end of September.

Mode/Level Interpersonal Listening/Speaking Presentational Writing Interpretive Listening Interpretive Reading
Novice Introduce yourself, talk about the kinds of clothes you wear and describe the first hour of your day. Write an invitation to come home with you after school, write about your bedroom, and describe your weekend mornings. Listen to someone tell you what to bring to the year-end picnic, what items are being collected to donate to an animal shelter, and what supplies are needed for the classroom. Read texts describing your school’s floor plan, chores you are expected to do, and someone’s hobbies.
Intermediate Talk about what you like to read, places you like to go, and ask some questions about school, daily routine, and family. Write some questions to a friend who is away visiting family, write about yourself as an adult and write about a school project. Listen to someone talking online about her house, tips from your teacher on stargazing, and the rules of the language classroom. Read texts about news headlines, the goals for this year’s PE class, and a letter from your teacher that is about the week’s activities.
Advanced NA NA NA NA

AAPPL Content 2018 (Grades 7 and up):

Hindi, Italian, Japanese & Thai Only

2018 content topics for AAPPL’s nine other languages (Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) will be published at the end of September.

Mode/Level Interpersonal Listening/Speaking Presentational Writing Interpretive Listening Interpretive Reading
Novice Introduce yourself, talk about how to have a healthy lifestyle, and the kinds of clothes you like to wear. Write about your day, what makes you happy, and send an email organizing a car wash for your club. Listen to instructions for planning a picnic, items being collected for a homeless shelter, and descriptions of student art. Read about the floor plan at the local shopping mall, twitter feed, and match texts to the correct emoji.
Intermediate Talk about goals that you’ve set for yourself, what you like to read, and ask some questions about school, schedule, and friends. Compose an invitation to a surprise party, give advice, and write some questions to a friend traveling abroad. Listen to voicemail left on the school office phone, tips for watching stars at night, and someone telling you a little bit about her house. Read headlines from the school newspaper, trending topics on social media, and classified advertisements.
Advanced Talk about someone who inspires you, a possession that you value and what happens when you miss school. Write about a song you like, your favorite day of the year, and write a letter of recommendation for one of your teachers. Listen to someone talking about life around Chernobyl, books that work as subway tickets, and an astronaut keeping fit in space. Read texts about a child who boarded a plane and traveled alone, an octopus who escaped his aquarium, a record-breaking international swim.

AAPPL is a performance assessment of Standards-based language learning across the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Presentational, and Interpretive) as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. AAPPL Measure assesses Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening.

ACTFL’s website provides more detailed information, including practice tests, demos, and helpful tools for teachers such as the AAPPL Conversation Builder.

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

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Friday, September 1, 2017