The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners are designed to describe language performance that is the result of explicit instruction in an instructional setting. These new Performance Descriptors reflect how language learners perform whether learning in classrooms, online, through independent project-based learning, or in blended environments.
The Standards for Foreign Language Learning (1996, 1999, 2006), describe what students need to know and be able to do as they learn another language, defining the "what" of language education. The ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners (1998) first described "how well" language learners were expected to do the "what" from the content standards. The current ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners are an update and revision to the 1998 Performance Guidelines.
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