Developing and Assessing Student Proficiency Through the Use of Authentic Materials

Hear Melanie Mello, language teacher and ACTFL Teacher of the Year finalist, discuss using authentic cultural context to move students from standard-based to proficiency-based assessments.



This webinar is for Language educators who want to design meaningful, relevant, and engaging lessons that aid learners in developing intercultural competence and skills necessary to communicate successfully across the three modes of communication.

Webinar participants will have a chance to examine the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages to better understand their usefulness when designing effective lesson plans. Melanie will discuss how contextualizing language learning in an authentic cultural context and aligning its content to ACTFL’s Guide to Proficiency helps ensure that students become proficient in the language, moving from standard-based to proficiency-based assessments. You can access her presentation slide deck here.

Be sure to read Melanie's blog article about how authentic materials that reflect everyday life help to develop cultural competency.

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