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World Languages Curriculum

ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners

The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners are designed to describe language performance that is the result of explicit instruction in an instructional setting. These new Performance Descriptors reflect how language learners perform whether learning in classrooms, online, through independent project-based learning, or in blended environments.

Language learners benefit by understanding the ranges of performance, which describe a pathway for learners to keep track of progress made, to identify domains needing additional practice, and to gain a clear understanding of how to move into the next higher range of performance.

The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners:

  • describe the language performance of language learners in Standards-based, performance-oriented learning environments
  • provide descriptive performance outcomes adaptable to fit differences in languages and learners
  • are organized according to three Ranges of Performance  (Novice Range, Intermediate Range, Advanced Range) and three Modes of Communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational)