The word “level” is used formally and informally to describe one’s competence or ability in language skills. Though there are definable stages in language acquisition, there is no single recognized universal standard of progression for learning a language. Depending on many factors, learners can be at differing levels for the major skills groupings (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Most programs have their own leveling models which are connected to their pedagogy, assessment tools, curriculum or other programmatic structures. The most respected assessment in the U.S. is the NCLR.

P-P-T’s Language & Life Skills classes are multilevel spaces – we do ongoing assessment (formative assessment) of learners’ levels, but do not usually separate learners by level.

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