Reasonable Expectations: Oral Proficiency Goals for Intermediate- Level Students of German



This article reports a study gauging the average oral proficiency as measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) of college students (N = 20) studying German at the end of their fourth semester. All OPIs were official ACTFL double-rated interviews. Proficiency, as measured by the OPI, ranged between Novice High and Intermediate Mid. Discussion centers on reasonable expectations for high school graduation and for college language requirements.