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Example: Using a newspaper to test your reading proficiency

 

Introduction
 

You can use a local newspaper to test your reading proficiency.

Things to do
  Here are the things to do when you use a newspaper to test your reading proficiency:
 
  • Get a copy of a current newspaper. Look through it and read as much as you can.
  • Ask someone who reads the language well to read the same edition of the newspaper, and discuss the contents with that person.
  • Read the description of the different levels of reading proficiency in the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Decide as honestly as possible which level of the guidelines your performance matches. Assessment
    • If you can understand only a few words here and there, you are probably at Novice level.
    • If you can only understand the headlines, you are probably at Intermediate level.
    • If you can understand most straightforward news stories that do not require a lot of specific cultural knowledge, you are probably at Advanced level.
    • If you can understand stories, editorials, and political commentaries that do require specific cultural knowledge, you are probably at Superior level.
    • If you can read the entire newspaper almost as easily as you could in your first language, you have achieved Distinguished level.

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