Benchmark Proficiency Scales: An Introduction to CEFR and ACTFL Levels

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A1, B2, IH and AL? What does it all mean anyway? Join us for an introduction to CEFR and ACTFL, the two most commonly used benchmark scales. We’ll help you “speak” CEFR and ACTFL, learn the difference between the two, and explore how you can apply that knowledge to the classroom and assessments!


Judson Hart
Judson Hart is the Director of Language Assessment at Emmersion. He advances company strategy through developing and furthering innovations in language assessment. Judson has spent 16 years working in English language assessment, teaching, and administration. Before joining Emmersion, he was the Coordinator of Assessment and Technology at Brigham Young University’s English Language Center.
Troy L. Cox
Troy L. Cox is the Associate Director of the Center for Language Studies and an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University. His research interests include second language teaching, learning and acquisition, language proficiency, self-assessment, testing and objective measurement.
Nick Gossett, PhD
Nick Gossett, PhD, is the Higher Ed Specialist at Avant Assessment based in Eugene, Oregon. In this role, Nick works with all Higher Ed partners, European entities, and is charged with credentialing and badging. Before arriving at Avant, he taught Russian and Applied Linguistics at numerous institutions and was the Director of the Language Resource Center at the University of South Alabama. He has over a decade of experience in language teacher training, language program management and assessment, and language center management. Nick is a specialist in language assessment and proficiency scales and has documented language proficiency in Russian, Ukrainian, and Serbian.
This panel is hosted by Erin Shaw Hernandez
Erin Shaw Hernandez is an experienced TESOL professional with expertise ranging from teaching in the classroom to owning and operating an accredited language school. She received a MA TESOL degree from Brigham Young University, and has extensive experience in curriculum and program development, teacher training, language assessment and program marketing.

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