ACTFL’s New Language Proficiency Guidelines

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has published updated Proficiency Guidelines for foreign language instructors. The new guidelines include two proficiency levels above Advanced: Distinguished and Superior. The Advanced level has been broken into three sublevels: High, Mid and Low.

These guidelines are not to be interpreted as a suggestion on how languages are acquired or how they should be taught, but rather as a description of what students can and cannot do at each level. The guidelines are organized by the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and have information about students’ functional abilities at each level. ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines are a tool for language level assessment.

To download ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines,click here.