December 15, 2013

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements


The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements represent the culmination of a collaborative effort between the National Council of State Supervisors (NCSSFL) and ACTFL, to connect NCSSFL's LinguaFolio with ACTFL's Proficiency Guidelines. The combination of these two documents into a single, cohesive set of statements makes clear how the performance that language learners demonstrate into the familiar context of the instructional setting points toward a targeted proficiency level. Language educators have requested a clear connection of these two major initiatives, so useful to guide educators and learners.

The Can-Do Statements help learners identify what they need to do to function at a specific level of proficiency. The statements also help educators plan curriculum, units of instruction, and daily lessons to help learners improve their performance and reach a targeted level of proficiency. Through multiple opportunities to show that they "can do" in classroom formative and summative assessment, unit by unit, learners collect the evidence that points toward a specific proficiency level. The proof that a learner has reached a proficiency level can only occur through an independent assessment of proficiency such as the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview or Writing Proficiency Test; however, the Can-Do Statements provide a tool for leaners to chart their progress and for educators to organize and support the learning.

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