• What is Proficiency?

    Language proficiency refers to what students can do with the language in terms of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a real-world context, and to what degree.  Levels of proficiency are described along a continuum beginning with novice and progressing through intermediate, advanced, superior and distinguished as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 


    Spanish Literacy (Spanish for Spanish Speakers)



    Performance Rubrics

    Heritage Language Performance Rubrics

    Years of Language Learning

    End of Level Proficiency Target

    1st Year Language Learning

    Novice-Mid – Novice High

    2nd Year Language Learning

    Novice-High – Intermediate Low

    Students who achieve Novice level proficiency can respond to simple questions, convey meaning by using lists of words, memorized phrases, and some personalized combinations of words or phrases.

    3rd Year Language Learning

    Intermediate Low – Intermediate Mid

    4th  Year Language Learning

    Intermediate Mid

    5th  Year Language Learning

    Intermediate Mid – Intermediate High

    6th  Year Language Learning

    Intermediate High – Advanced Low

    Intermediate level of proficiency means that students can participate in simple direct conversations, ask and answer questions, handle basic communication needed in daily life, and use discrete sentences and sentence connectors.

    Advanced level of proficiency means students acquire the skills to participate in the target language actively in a variety of conversations, both formally and informally, including dealing effectively with unanticipated complications.  






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