The proficiency scale is not one more way of assigning grades. In fact, I would say, is more like a philosophy that tries to make grading and assessing more equitable. For this to translate into reality, we must go beyond the traditional ways of grading and collecting marks and have a mental shift.

How can we use the proficiency scale in our language classes? What is the philosophy behind it? How does it help our students be better learners? What are some changes we need to make as teachers?



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    Adriana Ramírez


    Adriana Ramírez is a Spanish teacher, author and teacher trainer. She teaches all levels of Spanish, from beginners to IB students, using comprehensible input methodologies. She is constantly coaching other teachers and presenting workshops in Canada, the US and Europe. She also holds a double major in Psychology, a degree in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Education. She has a big passion for sharing with the world the beauty of her country and her people, and you can see this love through all her published novels. A big advocate of the #OwnVoices movement, Adriana strongly believes that those who come from traditionally oppressed and colonized countries and territories, must reclaim their right to tell their own stories and build their own narratives. Originally from Colombia, she actively works on recuperating the stories and the narrative that are part of her roots and her heritage. You can find her at @veganadri (Twitter and Instagram),