A Review of Current Language Proficiency Scales

[Author(s)]:Han Baocheng 

  Journal: Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 2006, Issue 6  

  Author: Han Baocheng

  Institutions: National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University

  Abstract: This paper reviews the most influential language proficiency scales including the ILR (FSI) scales, the ACTFL scales, the ISLPR scales, the ALTE scales, the Common European Framework and the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Distinctive features of each of these scales are discussed and the development of a common English yardstick for Chinese English learners is proposed.

  Key Words: Language Proficiency, levels, scales