Revisiting Proficiency: 21st Century Views on Language Learning

Sat, April 24, 2010 | Texas Union

10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Revisiting Proficiency: 21st Century Views on Language Learning

Morning Session: Symposium
10:30 - 1:00
Eastwoods Room, Texas Union 2.102

Afternoon Session: Workshop
2:30 - 5:00
Sinclair Suite, Texas Union 3.128

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Please join the Texas Language Center and our guests from the Foreign Service Institute for a symposium/workshop dedicated to exploring proficiency in languages other than English.

Since the creation of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines in 1986, many in the language teaching profession have used these descriptors to define the learner’s functional capacity to use the language studied. Critics, however, cite both the difficulty of assessing competence through the oral proficiency interview, as well as the descriptors inability to take into account individual learner differences, as limitations of the guidelines. This symposium and workshop aim to bring our understanding of proficiency-based instruction into the 21st century with first-hand recommendations and practices from specialists from the School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service In- stitute, US Department of State.

Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts

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