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ACTFL Releases Assessment Topics for 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jessica Taylor
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On October 1, 2018, ACTFL released the content topics for the 2019 ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), which is available in 13 languages. The newly released topics allow instructors to create classroom and homework-based opportunities for students to perform across all modes of communication before participating in the AAPPL in the spring of 2019.

As an assessment of standards-based tasks across the three modes of communication as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, AAPPL assesses Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening.

AAPPL is an assessment of proficiency and performance designed to complement classroom-based language learning. As such, ACTFL provides the general 2019 topics 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 to create classroom and homework-based opportunities to facilitate learners’ practice across all modes of communication.

A combination of performance and proficiency assessment practices 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.

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 in the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.

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.

To view the full list of content topics and more, please click here.

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.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018