The ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners focus on second language use by students who participate in elementary, middle and high school foreign language programs. Unlike adult language users, students in the K-12 spectrum are in a continuous process of cognitive development that influences their ability to perform language tasks. Additionally, students acquire their language skills in the controlled and carefully articulated environment of a classroom. The ACTFL Performance Guidelines take these factors into consideration as they set forth characteristics of language users at the various stages or benchmarks of learning and development. While the Standards for Foreign Language Learning are the content standards that define the "what" of foreign language learning in American classrooms, the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners are the performance standards that define the "how well."
Each booklet contains a removable 17"x32" poster of the Guidelines.