Course Description

In this course we will first provide an overview of what proficiency is, and then introduce how proficiency can be assessed. In some situations, learners and teachers will choose to use an external proficiency test, like IELTS. In other situations, it may be appropriate to assess proficiency informally, using a portfolio approach. We will show you how.

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Understanding Proficiency: An Overview

Maria Fernanda Rodriquez

This course let me know how to measure my student's proficiency. It also provides the ACTFL and CEFR grid with activities and examples so you can familiari...

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This course let me know how to measure my student's proficiency. It also provides the ACTFL and CEFR grid with activities and examples so you can familiarize yourself with them and includes very useful links for further information about these two organizations. It also provides many interesting examples of Informal Assessment - Portfolio Approach. The information provided in this course is very clear and useful.

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Understanding Proficiency: An Overview

Peter Strutt

Excellent overview of benchmarking competencies

Excellent overview of benchmarking competencies

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Course Author

Course Author

Leslie Foster

Leslie has a Masters degree in linguistics. She has been teaching language and culture learning programs since 2000. She is one of SIL International’s five Senior Language and Culture Learning Consultant. For the past several years, she has started focusing on helping non-beginners through online courses and remote coaching. Leslie writes and consults on many of our online courses.