Judith E. Liskin-Gasparro (PhD, University of Texas-Austin) is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the Oral Proficiency Interview: A Brief History and Analysis of Their Survival
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2003 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 483–490, December 2003
How to Cite
Liskin-Gasparro, J. E. (2003), The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the Oral Proficiency Interview: A Brief History and Analysis of Their Survival. Foreign Language Annals, 36: 483–490. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2003.tb02137.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (ACTFL, 1982; 1986; Breiner-Sanders et al, 2000) and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) derived from them have stimulated abundant and sustained professional engagement by foreign language teachers at all levels and in all languages, as well as intense and equally sustained criticism by specialists in foreign language testing. This paper presents (1) a brief history of the genesis of the Guidelines, (2) a summary of the criticisms leveled against them, and (3) an analysis of the reasons for the continued significance of the Guidelines in curricular and testing initiatives during the last two decades at both state and national levels.