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ACTFL and NCSSFL Release New Can-Do Statements

CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, a collaborative effort between the two organizations.

The 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements include revisions of the previous Can-Do Statements and the addition of new Intercultural Statements, which provide a set of examples and scenarios that show how learners use the target language and knowledge of culture to demonstrate their Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC).

These statements guide language learners to identify and set learning goals and chart their progress toward language and intercultural proficiency; guide educators to write communication learning targets for curriculum, unit, and lesson plans; and guide stakeholders to clarify how well learners at different stages can communicate.

The Can-Do Statements are organized according to the Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Modes of Communication as described in the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

In addition, the document includes new Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication that clarify and support the World-Readiness Standards for cultures and lead learners to investigate practices and products to understand cultural perspectives and to interact with others in and from another culture.

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.

NCSSFL is an organization of education agency personnel from across the United States who have the responsibility of foreign/world language education at the state level. NCSSFL benefits from the support of designated representatives from states that do not yet have education agency personnel in foreign/world language education, from organizations whose missions include world language education, and from retired educators who have served in these roles. NCSSFL envisions a nation in which all individuals will be prepared for the demands of an interdependent world by attaining competence in more than one language and culture. NCSSFL’s mission is to provide leadership in facilitating and promoting policies and practices that support language education.

Friday, October 20, 2017