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The ILR (FSI) proficiency scale



The Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale is a set of descriptions of abilities to communicate in a language. It was originally developed by the United States Foreign Service Institute, and is still widely known as the FSI scale. It consists of descriptions of five levels of language proficiency.


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These descriptions are a product of U.S. Government grants and are in the public domain. They are cited here from Higgs 1984, Appendix B.

See also
  Much of the material in the Language Learning workshop about developing your proficiency has been built around a slightly different scale called the ACTFL Guidelines. For a comparison of the ILR and ACTFL scales, see

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