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ACTFL Releases AAPPL 2017 Topics

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics for ACTFL's 2017 performance assessment have been released.

AAPPL is a performance assessment designed for educational settings.  Among the expectations for assessment of language performance (in contrast to assessment of proficiency) is facilitating practice of the general topics that make up the assessment. As such, ACTFL has provided the AAPPL 2017 topics so that learners may have the opportunity to practice “tasks within familiar contexts” (ACTFL, 2012, p. 5). Teachers may use these topics to create classroom and homework-based opportunities for students to perform across all modes of communication before participating in the AAAPPL assessment.

Please note that a performance-based approach does not preclude a proficiency-based one. As the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners state, “the ratings that a language learner receives on a variety of performance assessments provide evidence of how the learner will be rated on an assessment of proficiency” (p. 4).  Proficiency and Performance assessments are both vital paths to measuring gains in learning and focusing approaches to classroom instruction.  For more information on performance and proficiency, refer to page 4 on the Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.

AAPPL Measure Content 2017 (Grades 6 and below)

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 Measure Content 2017 (Grades 7 and up)

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 Measure 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.

AAPPL Measure is currently offered in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. 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.

Monday, August 15, 2016