Global Language Portfolio   (February 2009)

 

COMMUNICATION SELF ASSESSMENT AND GOAL SETTING

 

Date of Self-Assessment _________________________

 

Provisional Checklist for:                                                                   Spoken Production 

 

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 (NL, NM, NH, IL, IM, IH, AL, AM, AH, S, or D) 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.

Presentational Mode

 

Spoken Production  (Proposed by GLP:  ACTFL does not yet have Spoken Production checklists, only Speaking)

 

Novice Low (NL)

 

I can accurately repeat words and phrases I hear in class or at work.

 

I can use words I have learned and combine them with gestures to make myself understood.

 

I can use a few memorized phrases in social settings (such as greetings, thanks, or “please”).

 

I can give my name, possibly in a sentence or a phrase format if I am helped.

 

I can sometimes sing refrains of songs, especially if someone singing with me helps or tells me what it means.

 

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Novice Mid (NM)

 

I can use two- and three-word answers to give personal information (address, telephone number, nationality, age, family.)

 

I can say something about what I like and dislike in a store or at the dinner table, especially if the listener helps and allows me time to pause as I speak.

 

I can describe myself with a few words and familiar phrases I have memorized.

 

I can talk about a few topics I have studied, such as numbers, colors, days of the week, using words and structures from my dominant language if there are gaps in communication.

 

I can use memorized material related to what I do or where I go if I address the topics in the same context for which I have learned relevant vocabulary and phrases.

 

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Novice High (NH)

 

I can with occasional pauses give a basic description of myself, my family, and other people, using simple sentences and phrases.

 

I can with limited accuracy describe my activities and personal experiences, repeating, and recombining simple sentences and phrases I have memorized.

 

I can sometimes expand beyond familiar topics and vocabulary in the present time frame, using gestures to help with gaps in communication.

 

I can generally be understood by sympathetic native speakers who are patient when I rely on cognates, structures, or pronunciation adopted from my dominant language. 

 

I can talk about a few common topics, such as what I wear, where to find classroom objects, and what I do at home or at work. 

 

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Intermediate Low (IL)

 

I can present my food preferences to the clerk at a fast-food chain, my room preferences to a hotel clerk, and my seating preferences at a concert when it is my turn in line.

 

I can describe myself, my family, and other people, using several simple sentences, as long as I am able to repeat or rephrase certain statements as needed.

 

I can with limited accuracy describe where I live, as well as my interests, activities, and personal experiences by using several simple sentences.

 

I can give a class presentation or present a simple project at work if I am allowed to correct myself and reformulate my sentences to make myself understood. 

 

I can summarize briefly passages from a short story or report at work if the situations are familiar.

 

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Intermediate Mid (IM)

 

I can provide simple and at times detailed information about myself, my leisure activities, or daily routines.

 

I can in simple fashion explain and give reasons for my plans, or intentions behind my actions in a way that my teacher or tour guide will understand.

 

I can describe accurately certain past activities, personal experiences, and plans for the near future, although I may need to restate or clarify what I mean.

 

I can ask for directions, find out prices, and request services with sufficient control of vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure to be understood by hotel and restaurant personnel.

 

I can narrate a story based on picture prompts and summarize short stories and simple news items on familiar topics, as long as I am given time to pause or reformulate my ideas.

 

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Intermediate High (IH)

 

I can describe and narrate most of my routine activities with confidence and ease.

 

I can explain my viewpoint on certain subjects related to my fields of interest in a way that an international scholar or a business client would understand.

 

I can summarize news items, interviews, stories, films, or plays in connected sentences, and occasionally in paragraph form.

 

I can sometimes narrate and describe in the present, past, and future, especially if I have time to prepare.  

 

I can sometimes use vocabulary and structures I have learned to talk about unfamiliar topics.

 

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Advanced Low (AL)

 

I can accurately narrate and describe in simple fashion using the past, present, and future time frames

 

I can accurately relate factual information, such as who, where, why, when, or how much.

 

I can integrate themes and develop my point of view in presentations on subjects of personal or professional interest.

 

I can respond spontaneously to most audience questions after I give a public lecture.

 

I can summarize literary or work-related texts, making simple transitions from idea to idea.

 

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Advanced Mid (AM)

 

I can combine and interweave narration and description and relate relevant and supporting facts in connected, paragraph-length presentations prepared for either the classroom or a work setting. 

 

I can narrate and describe in major time frames, providing a full account and adapting flexibly to demands of a large number of topics and situations for audiences in a social setting or at work.

 

I can make comparisons and summarize information from different sources, even reconstructing arguments in limited fashion to respond to audience questions at school or work.

 

I can speak with ease and confidence about a large number of concrete topics in a variety of situations, using circumlocution and rephrasing as needed.

 

I can convey my intended message without misrepresentation or confusion, correcting most errors in speech effortlessly and within the context of the presentation.

 

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Advanced High (AH)

 

I can handle almost any informal and most formal presentations with ease, confidence, and competence both socially and at work. 

 

I can consistently give clear, detailed descriptions and narrate fully and accurately in all time frames.  

 

I can present viewpoints in a very flexible manner, even paraphrasing, using circumlocution and giving illustrations in order to give emphasis or to eliminate confusion in a professional setting.

 

I can discuss some topics abstractly, especially those relating to my interests and special fields of expertise.

 

I can address some complex subjects at school or at work, although I may need to simplify my arguments in order to present my case.

 

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Superior (S)

 

I can give a presentation on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings, from both concrete and abstract perspectives.

 

I can present complex topics in my areas of expertise, accurately and fluently tailoring my remarks to the audience.

 

I can explain my opinions, construct and develop hypotheses, and explore alternative possibilities.

 

I can command a variety of strategies in presentations, such as separating main ideas from supporting information,  as well as providing emphasis through use of intonation or pitch.

 

I rarely make grammatical errors, and even those are in low-frequency structures or in more formal usages.

 

 

 

 

 

Distinguished (D)

 

I can use the language fluently and accurately on all levels normally pertinent to professional needs.

 

I can accommodate a number of registers, making distinctions according to age, profession, or social status.

 

I can speak with almost perfect grammatical accuracy, with only very rare and sporadic errors.

 

I can support opinions, construct and develop hypotheses, and explore alternative possibilities well enough to counsel and persuade my target audience.

 

I can express fine shades of meaning and use the precise language needed for the negotiation of contracts, treaties, and other formal documents related to my professional training.

 

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