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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

What is Proficiency

It is the ability to communicate successfully in a language, using all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), based on the five levels originally defined by the US Foreign Service Institute, provides a detailed description of the kinds of communication functions, range of vocabulary, degree of accuracy and flexibility that learners of a language are able to control at different levels.

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