Global Language Portfolio   (June 2008)




Date of Self-Assessment _________________________


Provisional Checklist for:                                                                         Spoken Interaction 



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, or 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.

Spoken Interaction / Person to Person

Level A Basic User


I can introduce myself and others as well as exchange basic greetings.

I can let others know when I do not understand and ask someone to repeat or to speak more slowly.

I can talk about some routine activities when the other person speaks slowly, and is willing to repeat and help me find the right words.

I can ask and respond to simple questions using numbers, such as how much something costs, the time or the date, or how much I want to buy, although I often need to use gestures to help.

I can use memorized words and phrases to talk to hotel clerks, waiters, or ticket agents, especially if there is a sign or brochure to which I can refer.   

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I can use memorized sentences and recombine them to order restaurant meals, buy train tickets, and make simple purchases in shops.

I can engage in short social exchanges if people help me (e.g., extending or accepting invitations or apologies, discussing likes and dislikes)

I can ask about and make plans related to work and school activities.

I can participate in simple telephone conversations, asking the caller to speak more slowly, to call back, or to repeat what was said as I take a simple message (times, telephone number, etc.)

I can request and give street directions, show someone where to go on a map, and provide or obtain directions to the rest room or the ticket counter.

(Added specific descriptors for languages with tones, or for specific language attributes:)





Level B Independent User


I can discuss daily activities, family news, personal interests, and work-related assignments, with occasional need for paraphrasing to clarify my meaning.

I can express emotions such as love, hate, surprise, joy, or sadness, generally in the appropriate register.

I can ask and answer questions in a professional setting to gather information and to provide detailed responses to another person, especially if the other person gives occasional help.

I can handle most situations which might occur in a store, restaurant, bank, travel agency, and follow detailed directions and explanations.

I can take the initiative in a conversation, agree or disagree with another speaker, and change the subject to another topic as needed.

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I can begin a conversation in a work setting or in a language class, take turns and share the floor with others, and conclude a conversation in an appropriate manner.

I can exchange factual information in my areas of specialty or personal interest, and often do so with ease, often supporting my opinions with relevant arguments.

I can summarize the arguments of each participant in a meeting and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the different positions represented.

I can respond sensitively to feelings, attitudes, opinions, changes of tone, and points of view.

I can deal with emergencies, call for assistance, and address complications that arise in routine situations.

(Added specific descriptors for languages with tones, or for specific language attributes:)





Level C Proficient User


I can participate spontaneously and fluently in a spirited discussion among native speakers on a wide range of general, academic, or professional topics. 

I can defend my opinions in a conversation about general or professional topics, responding appropriately to questions and even to complex arguments.

I can participate in conversations without stopping to search for the necessary words or expressions, making allusions and at times even incorporating humor. 

I can keep up my part of an interview, either as an interviewer or an interviewee, expanding and developing on points of discussion.

I can address both concrete and abstract topics with fluency and accuracy.

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I can understand and converse with any native speaker, even on specialized, abstract or complex topics, including topics outside my areas of expertise. 

I can participate with skill and precision in group conversations, and when I need time to search for a word, modify the flow of speech so that the others in the group barely notice.

I can converse with ease in virtually any personal or professional setting, consistently integrating appropriate idiomatic expressions and a full range of grammatical structures.

I can interact with native speakers who use a non-standard accent or dialect provided I have an opportunity to adapt or adjust to their speech.

I can hold my own and persuade others of my point of view during complex formal discussions, articulating my arguments effectively in meetings with native speakers.

(Added specific descriptors for languages with tones, or for specific language attributes:)