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Example: Using a wordless book to test your speaking proficiency



You can test your speaking proficiency by telling a story from a picture book where almost all of the events are depicted, but which has no words.


These books can sometimes be acquired in children's bookstores.

  Here are some guidelines to follow when you test your speaking proficiency using a wordless book:
  • Use this technique when you think you are at Intermediate level or above.
  • You can use the same book more than once, but do not look at it between tests.
  • Use a book that fits the culture of the language you are learning.
Things to do
  Here are the things to do to when you use a wordless book to test your speaking proficiency.
  • You decide to do storytelling and choose or make a storybook with pictures but no words.
  • Record your version of the story as you look at the pages with a language associate.
  • Listen to the recording, then reread the description of the different levels of speaking proficiency in the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Decide as honestly as possible which level of the guidelines your performance matches.

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