The Proficiency Assessment for Curricular Enhancement (PACE) project is designed to maintain a culture of assessment, self-assessment, and curricular improvement in the second language-learning process. Funded by a grant from The Language Flagship, the PACE project at the University of Minnesota began a two-year program on August 1, 2014 with plans to assess language proficiency of students of French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Students are assessed at various stages of language development with listening, reading, and speaking tests. The tests, sponsored by the American Council of Foreign Language Teachers (ACTFL), provide an official rating of proficiency in each of the three skills according to ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines.
Students are also given self-assessment tools to understand and articulate their level of language competence and to observe and demonstrate their own development. This process can empower them to direct their own language learning.
The Language Center has received funding for a third year extension of the PACE project. It will continue through July 31, 2017.
Through PACE, language instructors in the College of Liberal Arts are engaged in a systematic program of professional development, workshopping with international experts and collaborating with one another to provide more opportunities for students to develop their language proficiency.