Global Language Portfolio   (June 2008)

 

COMMUNICATION SELF ASSESSMENT AND GOAL SETTING

 

Date of Self-Assessment _________________________

 

Provisional Checklist for:                                                                                           Reading 

 

Self-assessment: 

Work through the checklist and note in the first of the two right-hand columns what you believe you can already do 80% of the time or more.  Placing a checkmark in the first of the two columns indicates mastery of the task performed rather than occasional success.  After you check off over 80% of the items for a given ACTFL level, you should progress to the next level in that same skill.  Each skill is assessed separately with different levels possible in each of 5 skills.  Keep going through this checklist until you reach the highest level where you checked off at least 4 of the 5 tasks.  Record that level (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) on your GLP Language Passport. 

 

Goal setting: 

Place a checkmark in the second column to identify the next set of goals you wish to reach in the future. 

         Language: _______________________________________

(1) I can do this easily and well.

(2) This is  one of my goals.

Reading

Level A Basic User

A1

I can recognize familiar words or those that are similar to words in my native language, such as an indication of the time, the day of the week, or the month.

I can understand simple comments made by the teacher, such as “well done,” “revise,” or “needs improvement.”

I can understand a routine form well enough to fill in straightforward personal information, such as last name, first name, date of birth, nationality, and similar items.

I can understand textbook descriptions of family members or of subjects taken by college students. 

I can follow simple commands and directions, such as “no smoking,” or how to get to the restroom, especially if images accompany such directions.

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A2

I can understand everyday information in a simple personal letter concerning family, leisure activities, or what is happening at school or work.

I can recognize whether a news article is about politics, cultural activities, economic news, a human interest story, a product advertisement, a weather bulletin, or another topic.

I can get the gist of a text or a letter related to my professional field with occasional use of a dictionary.

I can access a specific piece of information on a web site that relates to my professional or personal areas of interest

I can follow simple directions and instructions at work, such as what to do in case of fire or whom to contact for help with my computer. 

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Level B Independent User

B1

I can read short factual narrations, descriptions, and follow a clear progression of ideas. 

I can separate the main idea from the details in a short text relating to personal or professional areas of interest.

I can guess the meaning of certain unknown words through context when the rest of the sentence is clear. 

I can understand personal letters and professional letters concerning my areas of expertise when they are written in standard language.

I can follow concrete arguments and understand conclusions in texts related to my areas of expertise.

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B2 

I can recognize the perspective of the author in a news article or the point of view given in an article relating to my areas of expertise.

I can understand the details of correspondence related to my personal or professional areas of interest.

I can read short stories, plays, and short novels and follow the unfolding of the plot, the motivations of the characters, and the flow of ideas.

I can read instructions and a variety of texts requiring an extended vocabulary, as long as I can look up uncommon words or expressions. 

I can scan lengthy texts on a wide variety of topics in order to decide quickly whether closer reading is needed.

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Level C Proficient User

C1 

I can read long and complex literary texts or highly specialized texts in my professional field.

I can read work-related analyses and reports, or poetry from a literature class, and appreciate stylistic particularities, implicit ideas, hypotheses, or points of view.

I can understand without great difficulty contemporary novels and various texts outside my of expertise.

I can understand any professional correspondence, provided I have occasional use of a dictionary.

I can understand complex instructions outside my areas of interest, such as how to use equipment or put together a child’s toy from the pieces in a box.

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C2

I can understand and interpret virtually any type of written text, including those that are abstract, structurally complex, or highly colloquial, whether they are literary or non-literary writings. 

I can appreciate classical and contemporary literature in different genres (poetry, prose, theater, satire). 

I can recognize the implicit message in expressions, jokes, and puns, and appreciate irony in a text. 

I can understand long and complex texts and perceive fine stylistic differences and implicit meanings.

I can understand complex technical manuals or legal contracts I use in personal or professional settings.

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