• World Language Expectations

    The main goal of language study is to learn to communicate with others! Therefore, language courses focus on the 3 modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. These modes of communication and the ACTFL Proficiency Levels are the basis of national and state standards for language learning. In a communicative language course, grammar and vocabulary are taught in context, rather than in isolation. Teachers apply research-based practices through ACTFL's 6 Core Practices (below). Teachers and students use Can-Do Statments to help learners be aware of the purpose for learning activities, along with where they are on the language proficiency scale. These Administrator Guides explain appropriate expectations for various types of World Language classrooms. 

    It is important to have appropriate expectations for student outcomes and their language proficiency levels. Learners do not become "fluent" after just two years of study. Language skills build in depth and breadth over time. Just as with mathematics, language skills build on one another and there are always higher levels to attain. View this document, to help explain how language study and proficiency levels correlate to using language skills in various professions.