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ACTFL Releases remaining AAPPL topics for 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics have been released.

Below are the content topics for the 2018 assessment for Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Instructors whose students will be taking AAPPL in one of these languages in the spring of 2018 may wish to create tasks based on these topics as part of their students’ preparation.

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 2018 topics so that learners may have the opportunity to practice “tasks within familiar contexts” (ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, 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.

As an assessment of Standards-based language learning 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.

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 ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.

ACTFL previously released content topics for four new AAPPL languages: Hindi, Italian, Japanese, and Thai. As of January 2018, the AAPPL will be available in 13 languages.

AAPPL Content 2018 (Grades 5 and 6): Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Mode/Level

Interpersonal Listening/Speaking

Presentational Writing

Interpretive Listening

Interpretive Reading

Novice

About you

The weather

Daily activities

About you

School

Wish lists

The weather

School activities

Event planning

 Food

School clubs

Emoticons

Intermediate

Food

Cities and towns

Travel

Daily activities

Projects

Asking questions 

The environment and you

School announcements

People at school

School routines

Field trips

About your school

Advanced

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

AAPPL Content 2018 (Grades 7 and up): Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Mode/Level

Interpersonal
Listening/Speaking

Presentational Writing

Interpretive Listening

Interpretive Reading

Novice

About you

Clothing

Daily activities

About you

Describing people

Your community and you

The community and you

Event planning

The weather

Food

School Clubs

Emoticons

Intermediate

Sports

Daily activities

Where we live

School

Seeking information

Favorite subjects

The environment and you

School announcements

Travel information

Field trips

Local attractions

Summer classes

Advanced

Holidays

School

Famous people

Vacations

An application process

Social media and you

Art

Winning and losing

Historical figure

Athletic events

Famous inventors

Musicians and their health

ACTFL’s website provides more detailed information, including practice tests, demos, and helpful tools for teachers.

Link to full PDF

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 10, 2017