Global Language Portfolio   (July 2008)

 

COMMUNICATION SELF ASSESSMENT AND GOAL SETTING

 

Date of Self-Assessment _________________________

 

Provisional Checklist for:                                                                               Writing

 

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 (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

Writing 

Novice Low   (NL)

I can write the letters of the alphabet.  (only for languages with an alphabet)

I can produce from memory isolated words or familiar phrases, especially if I am allowed time to write them or there is help from my teacher.

I can copy words.  (only for languages with an alphabet)

I can complete parts of a form asking for very simple information, such as my name, the date, or my date of birth.

I can write a one-word response to a question for which the choices are given, such as “yes” or “no,” or the names of products under a picture.

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I can copy some strokes and characters.  (only for languages using characters or syllabaries) 

I can produce from memory isolated, basic strokes.  (only for languages using characters or syllabaries)

 

 

Novice Mid (NM)

I can transcribe and reproduce from memory a modest number of isolated words and phrases.

I can write about family, school, leisure activities, and everyday life, using memorized phrases.

I can write simple sentences describing myself and others using phrases I have learned.

I can write about familiar pictures and reinforce what I have learned through guided writing, as in certain textbook exercises.

I can supply certain information (such as names, numbers, nationality) requested on simple forms, as long as I understand what is being asked. 

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Novice High (NH)

I can write short messages, postcards, and e-mails, mostly using vocabulary and sentence structures I have practiced.

I can recombine familiar vocabulary and sentence structures to formulate questions and answers about family, school and certain leisure activities in a way classmates and my teacher will understand.

I can use some culturally appropriate idiomatic expressions taken from textbook materials.

I can often write well enough to communicate requests to my teacher or to a hotel clerk.

I can write isolated sentences and phrases to describe what I see or what I am doing.

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Intermediate Low (IL)

I can formulate and answer simple questions about myself, my family, and certain  school or work activities, with occasional need to refer to a dictionary or a textbook.

I can write about my daily routine, often using and recombining sentences and phrases that I have learned.

I can sometimes make appropriate distinctions between familiar and formal styles, in use of subject pronouns, titles of address, and basic social formulas.

I can write in the present time frame, and refer to the future or past by using the present time frame with time-related words or phrases, such as “yesterday” or “next week.” 

I can link simple sentences to narrate and describe what I have seen or done.

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Intermediate Mid (IM)

I can correctly write simple descriptions, make requests for information, and give routine directions.

I can write sentences about personal preferences and experiences in a way that my teacher or a hotel clerk will understand.

I can take simple notes on what I see and hear.

I can write with ease in the present time, although with less consistency when I use other time frames.

I can write short personal letters and e-mail messages involving uncomplicated situations at work. 

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Intermediate High (IH)

I can write simple business letters, brief summaries, and short compositions well enough to be understood  by some target-language clients or by a visiting professor from a target language country.

I can give uncomplicated but often detailed paragraph-length descriptions and narrations of personal experiences involving work, school, or social activities.

I can write about current, future, and past events at work or at school, albeit with uneven control of certain tenses or subject areas. 

I can combine and link sentences and paragraphs in simple fashion when I summarize literary texts or work-related reports.

I can take detailed notes on familiar topics, such as what I read for a literature or civilization class, or for what I hear in a routine meeting at work. 

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Advanced Low (AL)

I can often produce routine correspondence or send e-mails that a visiting scholar or international client from the target country can understand with little effort.

I can write letters and reports of a factual nature, often correctly using common target-language word order, as well as linking many sentences and paragraphs appropriately.

I can write with some control over major time frames in my term papers and reports.

I can tailor in limited fashion the style of my writing depending on the audience and on my intended purpose at school or at work.

I can often use appropriately the vocabulary, expressions, and language patterns of the target language, although I may occasionally borrow from those of my dominant language.

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Advanced Mid (AM)

I can organize my writing in cohesive paragraphs for both academic assignments and work-related reports on concrete topics.

I can write detailed narratives and descriptions of a factual nature with good control of word order and linking words or phrases.  

I can write summaries, or research papers with a range of vocabulary that allows precision and detail, despite occasional need for paraphrasing.

I can write with some sense of the formal or informal audience for which I am writing and in a manner any native speaker will understand.

I can write essays and reports using language that often incorporates idiomatic expressions and structures of the target language. 

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Advanced High (AH)

I can write reports and research papers requiring significant precision and detail.

I can handle most formal business correspondence effectively.

I can write confidently about concrete aspects of my special areas of expertise.

I can occasionally develop written arguments, construct hypotheses, or deal with abstract topics in literarary texts or in work-related assignments. 

I can write with ease and some fluency when I am free from pressure situations like deadlines or tests. 

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Superior (S)

I can write with ease about both abstract and concrete topics. 

I can write papers or reports with a high degree of control over grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation.

I can incorporate organizational and developmental principles, like cause and effect, comparison, chronology, or other orders of presentation appropriate to the topic and the target audience.

I can often counsel or persuade, and support my opinions by developing cogent arguments or hypotheses.

I can organize ideas, select appropriate words and phrases, and differentiate written registers from oral registers when I prepare my school assignments or my written tasks at work. 

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Distinguished (D) 

I can prepare complex assignments and reports that show clear organization and development of both principal and secondary ideas.

I can prepare documents and publications using target-language stylistic patterns and developing persuasive arguments.  

I can write for audiences in a variety of registers, selecting the register best tailored to the target audience, and frequently using target-language cultural patterns.

I can express subtlety and nuance, and alter style, tone, and format according to the age, social class, or professional role of the intended audience.

I can consistently demonstrate a high degree of control over grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary, as needed for a given situation.

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