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Meeting the needs of educators working with language learners in Grades K–8

CAL Oral Proficiency Exam
Middle School Assessment for Intensive Language Programs

Teacher with two studentsUsing an oral interview/role play technique with two students at a time, the COPE measures a student's ability to understand, speak, and be understood by others in a second language. The test measures primarily cognitive-academic language skills (the ability to discuss subject matter effectively, e.g., social studies, geography, and science) as well as social language (the ability to discuss family, recreational activities, and so on).

The rater evaluates each student's proficiency in terms of comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and grammar using a rating rubric based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Role play/discussion topics include greetings, program of studies, the cafeteria, timelines, using the library, fire drills, social studies trips, school buses, the movies, social life, a party, a science project, future careers, an accident, a fight, unfair rules, and science equipment. This assessment is appropriate for Grades 5 – 8 students enrolled in immersion programs.

Available Languages

Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish

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