Free Asynchronous Oral Testing Service from ACTFL: A COVID-19 Response

By Satoru Shinagawa

This is mainly for language faculty.

I believe some of you are conducting synchronous classes using Zoom and also giving oral tests through Zoom synchronously. This is fine. I would like to refer you to a tool that makes an asynchronous oral test possible. It’s ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) AAPPL Communication Builder (

ACTFL is offering a FREE 1-year basic membership to any new member who joins ACTFL between now and June 30, 2020. Please use this special PDF application. For more information about this offer, see the announcement.

The AAPPL Communication Builder is “a web-based tool for world language teachers and learners that provides opportunities to practice in each of the modes of communication assessed in the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). The AAPPL Communication Builder is designed to complement lesson plans and curriculum and to extend learning beyond the physical classroom space. Teachers can produce original tasks by choosing the subject matter, language, and targeted level that best fits their learners’ needs or they can identify tasks available in the publicly-shared section of Communication Builder” (source). 

This is a general introduction to this system:

This shows how to create a test:

I made a demo video. I pre-recorded my questions, and the video shows how I answered those questions.

Update 3/27/20: See Satoru’s How to Share AAPPL Material with Your Students.

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