Information to understand proficiency levels

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  1. ACTFL-American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (national world language organization and research center)
  2. NCSSFL-National Council of Sate Supervisors of Foreign Language
  3. CCFLT-Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers
  4. CDE-Colorado Dept of Education

Language Acquisition Stages:

•Early production
•Speech emergence
•Intermediate proficiency
•Advanced proficiency

•It is natural for students - especially at the elementary level - to remain at a proficiency level for a longer period of time as they assimilate what they are learning.
•This is also called the "silent period", in which the student's brain is hard at work processing the language, and it is harder for them to speak without direct, explicit input and prompting on very controlled topics.
•Language learning takes time.