Foreign Language Goal Setting Using ACTFL Can-Do Statements

A few years a go, with the best of intentions, I wrote a blog post on goal setting in the world language classroom.  I focused on setting SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.  My experience with proficiency-based language teaching has given me an entirely new prospective on what goal setting should look like in the world language classroom.

Foreign Language Goal Setting Using ACTFL Can-Do Statements (French, Spanish)ACTFL published Can-DO Statements that help students and teachers benchmark progress on the proficiency scale from novice to superior.  These statements are a great way for students to set manageable, specific, concrete and achievement goals.  The first step is to determine where a student is on the scale and then to make goals to reach the next proficiency level.  The Can-Do Statements for one level up from the student’s current level are very specific SMART goals for an individual student.  For a Novice High student with the goal of moving up to Intermediate Low, the goal can go from “I want to speak better” to:

  • I can talk with someone about family or household tasks.
  • I can talk with someone about hobbies and interests.
  • I can talk with someone about school or work.
  • I can ask and answer questions related to subjects such as geography, history, art, music, math, science, language, or literature.
  • I can ask for help at school, work, or in the community.
  • I can make a reservation.
  • I can arrange for transportation, such as by train, bus, taxi, or a ride with friends.

I have put together a set of goal setting sheets based on setting SMART goals as well as proficiency goals.  You can access it here.


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