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ACTFL, The Institute of Turkish Studies, and the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages Announce Online Publication of Turkish Annotations and Samples

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA - The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), The Institute of Turkish Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages are pleased to announce the online publication of Turkish annotations and samples for speaking, writing, listening, and reading to accompany the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012. The annotations to the Guidelines for Turkish and the samples that exemplify the descriptions of the levels can be found at: http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012/turkish.

The Turkish annotations and samples are intended to help Turkish teachers, learners, and assessment specialists relate the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 to the Turkish context and to the various dimensions involved in assessing the four skills in Turkish. The Turkish annotations and samples were developed in collaboration with the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages and were provided generous funding by The Institute of Turkish Studies and ACTFL. The annotations, samples and rationales were developed by: Ercan Balcı, Brown University; Pelin Başcı, Portland State University; Saadet Ebru Ergül, Stanford University; Erika Gilson, Princeton University; Roberta Micallef, Boston University; and, Nilay Sevinç, University of Michigan. ACTFL wishes to acknowledge the support of the development team, led by Mildred Rivera Martinez.

The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 describe what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context. The direct application of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines is for the evaluation of functional language ability. The Guidelines are intended to be used for global assessment in academic and workplace settings. For nearly 30 years, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines have had an increasingly profound impact on language teaching, learning, and assessment in the United States.

The 2012 Guidelines website with glossed terminology and annotated, multimedia samples of performance at each level in English can be found at: http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012.  

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 12,500 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, July 14, 2015