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Levels: Remember...

Activity 1: For assessment and instruction teachers must consider what students will be able to do as they progress through language learning levels. At different stages in their language development, students will be stronger in different skills. For example, beginning language learners will have stronger listening skills than language production skills. Younger learners will be stronger in speaking than writing since writing is not yet a strong skill in their native language.

Let's see how much you already know about language learning levels. Answer the following questions:

1) How many levels are there?


2) The Wisconsin performance guidelines are divided into four broad levels. These levels target the ACTFL proficiency levels from novice to intermediate high and provide a title that describes what students are doing at each level. Try to match the Wisconsin level titles with the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines.

1. Novice
2. Intermediate - Low
3. Intermediate - Mid
4. Intermediate - High (pre-advanced)

3) Language learning levels are linked to grade levels.


Personal Reflection: Please copy and paste the following questions into your word processor or download the word document containing the questions. Then answer the questions and save it for your professional development portfolio. Word Document

  1. Thinking about the most proficient and least proficient students, describe the differences in their abilities to function in the target language. Use some specific examples that demonstrate the differences in their language production.
  2. Based on your experience, how does accuracy change as students' language production increases?

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