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What will you learn in one summer at SILP? We use the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines and Can-Do Statements in order to elaborate student learning outcomes for each of our levels.

Elementary 1

Elementary 2

Elementary 3

Intermediate 1

Intermediate 2

Intermediate 3

Advanced 1

Advanced 2

Advanced 3

 

Elementary 1

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Zero Beginner or Novice Low
  • Exit: Novice High 

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language. I can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can present basic information on familiar topics using language I have practiced using phrases and simple sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life. I can recognize pieces of information and some- times understand the main topic of what is being said.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short and simple texts related to everyday life. I can sometimes understand the main idea of what I have read

Intercultural Communication

  • Investigate
    • In my own and other cultures I can identify products and practices to help me understand perspectives.
  • Interact
    • I can interact at a survival level in some familiar everyday contexts.

 

Elementary 2

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Novice Mid
  • Exit: Intermediate Low

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.

Intercultural Communication

  • Investigate
    • In my own and other cultures I can identify products and practices to help me understand perspectives.
  • Interact
    • I can interact at a survival level in some familiar everyday contexts.

 

Elementary 3

 Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Novice High
  • Exit: Intermediate Low 

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar. 

Intercultural Communication

  • Investigate
    • In my own and other cultures I can identify products and practices to help me understand perspectives.
  • Interact
    • I can interact at a survival level in some familiar everyday contexts.

 

Intermediate 1

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Intermediate Low
  • Exit: Intermediate Mid 

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can understand the main idea in conversations that I overhear.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life and personal interests or studies. 

Intercultural Communication

  • Investigate
    • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives
  • Interact
    • I can interact at a functional level in some familiar contexts.

 

Intermediate 2

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Intermediate Mid
  • Exit: Stronger Intermediate Mid or Intermediate High

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can participate with ease and confidence in conversations on familiar topics. I can usually talk about events and experiences in various time frames. I can usually describe people, places, and things. I can handle social interactions in everyday situations, sometimes even when there is an unexpected complication.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can make presentations in a generally organized way on school, work, and community topics, and on topics I have researched. I can make presentations on some events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on topics related to school, work, and community in a generally organized way. I can write some simple paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can easily understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can usually understand a few de- tails of what I overhear in conversations, even when something unexpected is expressed.
      I can sometimes follow what I hear about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can easily understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies. I can sometimes follow stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various time frames. 

Intercultural Communication

  • Investigate
    • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives
  • Interact
    • I can interact at a functional level in some familiar contexts.

 

Intermediate 3

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Intermediate High
  • Exit: Stronger Intermediate High or Advanced Low

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can participate in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life. I can talk in an organized way and with some detail about events and experiences in various time frames. I can describe people, places, and things in an organized way and with some detail. I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver organized presentations appropriate to my audience on a variety of topics. I can present information about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on general interest, academic, and professional topics. I can write organized paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea and some supporting details in organized speech on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in a variety of genres on familiar topics, even when something unexpected is expressed.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea and some supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames and genres. 

Intercultural Communication

  • Investigate
    • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives
  • Interact
    • I can interact at a functional level in some familiar contexts.

 

Advanced 1

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Advanced Low
  • Exit: Stronger Advanced Low or Advanced Mid

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can express myself fully not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can talk in de- tail and in an organized way about events and experiences in various time frames. I can confidently handle routine situations with an unexpected complication. I can share my point of view in discussions on some complex issues.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver well-organized presentations on concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can present de- tailed information about events and experiences in various time frames.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write on a wide variety of general interest, professional, and academic topics. I can write well-organized, detailed paragraphs in various time frames.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can understand the main idea and most supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in most genres, even when not familiar with the topic.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can understand the main idea and most supporting details in texts on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some professional topics. I can follow stories and descriptions of considerable length and in various time frames. I can understand texts written in a variety of genres, even when I am unfamiliar with the topic. 

Intercultural Communication

  • I can understand the main message and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general interest topics across various time frames from complex, organized texts that are spoken, written, or signed.
  • I can maintain spontaneous spoken, written, or signed conversations and discussions across various time frames on familiar, as well as unfamiliar, concrete topics, using series of connected sentences and probing questions.
  • I can deliver detailed and organized presentations on familiar as well as unfamiliar concrete topics, in paragraphs and using various time frames through spoken, written, or signed language.

 

Advanced 2

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Advanced Mid
  • Exit: Stronger Advanced Mid or Advanced High

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can express myself freely and spontaneously, and for the most part accurately, on concrete topics and on most complex issues. I can usually support my opinion and develop hypotheses on topics of particular interest or personal expertise.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver detailed presentations, usually with accuracy, clarity and precision, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and some special fields of expertise.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write extensively with significant precision and detail on a variety of topics, most complex issues, and some special fields of expertise.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can easily follow narrative, informational, and descriptive speech. I can understand discussions on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts. I can some- times follow extended arguments and different points of view.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can easily follow narrative, informational, and descriptive texts.
      I can understand what I read on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts. I can sometimes understand extended arguments and different points of view.

Intercultural Communication

  • I can understand the main message and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general interest topics across various time frames from complex, organized texts that are spoken, written, or signed.
  • I can maintain spontaneous spoken, written, or signed conversations and discussions across various time frames on familiar, as well as unfamiliar, concrete topics, using series of connected sentences and probing questions.
  • I can deliver detailed and organized presentations on familiar as well as unfamiliar concrete topics, in paragraphs and using various time frames through spoken, written, or signed language.

 

Advanced 3

Proficiency Target

  • Enter: Advanced High
  • Exit: Stronger Advanced High or Superior

Language

  • Interpersonal Communication
    • I can communicate with ease, accuracy, and flu- ency. I can participate fully and effectively in discussions on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings. I can discuss at length complex issues by structuring arguments and developing hypotheses.
  • Presentational Speaking
    • I can deliver detailed presentations with accuracy, clarity, and precision to a wide variety of audiences on topics and issues ranging from broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise.
  • Presentational Writing
    • I can write about complex and abstract issues ranging from topics of broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise using standard structure, lexicon, and writing protocols.
  • Interpretive Listening
    • I can follow a wide range of academic and professional discourse on abstract and specialized topics. I can understand all standard dialects. I can sometimes infer complex meaning that requires deep understanding of the culture.
  • Interpretive Reading
    • I can follow academic, professional, and literary texts on a wide range of both familiar and unfamiliar subjects. I can sometimes infer complex meaning that requires analysis and deep understanding of the culture.

Intercultural Communication

  • I can understand the main message and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general interest topics across various time frames from complex, organized texts that are spoken, written, or signed.
  • I can maintain spontaneous spoken, written, or signed conversations and discussions across various time frames on familiar, as well as unfamiliar, concrete topics, using series of connected sentences and probing questions.
  • I can deliver detailed and organized presentations on familiar as well as unfamiliar concrete topics, in paragraphs and using various time frames through spoken, written, or signed language.