Frequently asked Questions

What is AAPPL Communication Builder?

AAPPL Communication Builder (CB) provides the opportunity to practice reading, writing, and spoken conversation in any language, on any topic, at different ACTFL proficiency levels. Communication Builder is an online language learning environment that extends the traditional classroom experience and facilitates self-guided learning. Teachers can assign Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading and Listening, and Interpersonal Speaking tasks (i.e. audio or video conversations, reading and writing tasks) in the target language either by scripting, producing and uploading original content or by searching the pool of publicly-available tasks. AAPPL CB records students' spoken and written responses and allows the teacher to retrieve them back to provide feedback.

What is AAPPL Communication Builder's connection to AAPPL Measure assessments?

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is addresses the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and uses today's communication media in which test takers perform tasks such as participating in a virtual video chat, creating wikis, e-mailing, and using apps to demonstrate language ability. The Communication Builder allows instructors to create a similar interaction thereby giving students significant practice and, more importantly, helping them to improve proficiency.

Why to Use Communication Builder?

  • Provides learners opportunities for extended Interpersonal Listening/Speaking (ILS), Interpretive Listening/Reading (IL/IR), and Presentational Writing (PW) practice
  • Complements lesson plans and curriculum
  • Simulates tasks found on the ACTFL Assessment of Performance (AAPPL)
  • To create low-stake practice for language learners
  • To collaborate with colleagues and groups of language learners

Who can use it?

Anyone can use AAPPL Communication Builder for free. However, some features require a subscription.

What type of account do I need?

There are functional differences between four types of accounts: Basic, Learner, Participant and Full. The Basic and Learner accounts are created on this website. The Participant and Full accounts use your ACTFL Online username and password logging into AAPPL Communication Builder. Primarily, students use either a Basic (no email address) or Participant (have email address) accounts. Teachers use either a Participant (no subscription) or Full (paid subscription) accounts. See the Account Comparison page for the differences between the account types.

What can teachers do?

  • Create Classrooms
  • Create Tasks or Pick a Public Task
  • Assign Tasks to Learners (individuals or classroom)
  • Review learners' responses and provide Feedback

See theĀ Tutorials* page for more information on how to use features of AAPPL Communication Builder. *New Tutorials currently under development.

You will need to set your internet browser to allow for Flash*, Microphone, and JavaScript to use the recording features. Click here for further instructions. *Flash will be replaced with HTML5 for the 2019-2020 school year.

How many tasks can be created?

With a Participant account, you can create up to six tasks and assign them to students. With a Full account you can create an unlimited number of private tasks. With either a Participant or Full account, you can create an unlimited number of public tasks. Since you cannot delete shared public tasks, you can delete a private task once you have reached a maximum number of tasks created. However, once you delete your private task, all responses and feedback with that task will be removed as well. Also, you won't receive Participation Points on private tasks.

As a teacher, what is a good way to familiarize myself with AAPPL Communication Builder?

AAPPL Communication Builder website is designed to be a collaborative tool. However, when first learning how to use the various functions of AAPPL Communication Builder, you may wish to work on your own. Do so by using a Participant account (basic teacher functions) to create tasks and familiarize yourself with the teacher's environment. Then, create a Basic or Learner account (student functions) to assign the tasks you created and experience the student's view. Once you have both accounts, you'll be able to work with the major teacher functions of assigning content and providing feedback.

What are Participation Points?

With a Participant and Full account, you can collect Participation Points. With enough points you can receive a discount on an AAPPL Communication Builder's annual subscription. To earn points, create your own public task (4 points) and a rate public task (1 point, 5 points if one of the first 20 raters).

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FULL & PARTICIPANT ACCOUNT

For those using your ACTFL Online Community account to access Communication Builder use the resource on ACTFL's membership site.

For assistance with a locked account, please contact ACTFL at (703) 894-2900 or membership@actfl.org.

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LEARNER or CLIENT ACCOUNT

If you are using a Communication Builder account created on this site and have registered an email address, use the reset password form below. An email message will be sent to you with instructions on resetting your password.

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