The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities. The Standards create a road map to guide learners to develop competence to communicate effectively and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. In addition, the Standards provide the framework for a curriculum with the richness and depth to provide a broad range of communicative experiences and content knowledge.

-Taken from ACTFL's World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, pg.11 

The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements are self-assessment checklists used by language learners to assess what they "can do" with language in the Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational modes of communication. The Can-Do Statements serve two purposes:

*For programs the statements provide learning targets for curriculum and unit design, serving as progress indicators.

*For language learners the statements provide a way to chart their progress through incremental steps.

The more learners are engaged in their own learning process, the more intrinsically motivated they become. Research shows that the ability of language learners to set goals is linked to increased student motivation, language achievement, and growth in proficiency. -Taken from ACTFL's Can-Do Statements Manual, pg. 1