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Proficiency Testing in the U.S. Context: An Introduction

  • Susan M. GassEmail author
  • Paula Winke
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Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 37)

Abstract

The introductory chapter introduces the readers to The Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative in which institutions were charged with institutionalizing proficiency assessment practices that align student placement with course goals, document ways in which assessement results are integrated into foreign language programs, and share practices within the broader foreign language community. The chapter provides background on this project and summarizes the contents of the 14 chapters in the book.

Keywords

Proficiency Testing The Language Flagship Assessment ACTFL Foreign Language Curriculum Instructors Second Language Learners Speaking Listening Reading 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Second Language Studies ProgramMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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