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German Language and Literature Papers

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Well-Structured Texts Help Second-Year German Students Learn To Narrate, Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy Apr 2004

Well-Structured Texts Help Second-Year German Students Learn To Narrate, Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy

German Language and Literature Papers

The past twenty years have seen a significant paradigm shift in foreign language pedagogy from measuring language achievement (based on a defined and finite curriculum, such as a textbook chapter or a grammar lesson) to measuring proficiency (general competence in the foreign language independent of a defined curriculum). Building on the work done previously in language testing by government language schools, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (1986) sought to reach consensus about describing and measuring language abilities. These Guidelines give generalized descriptions of abilities at four levels of proficiency (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior). With the widespread recognition of these Guidelines have ...