ACTFL(American Council of Teaching Foreign Language) Proficiency Guideline
1. What is ACTFL?
"The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher." (quoted from "ACTFL, About ACTFL", https://www.actfl.org/about-the-american-council-the-teaching-foreign-languages)
2. How proficient is my Chinese?
Read ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and find out.
3. What language skills and language topics should I focus on so that I can move up on this pyramid?
Read ACTFL Can-do Statement and highlight where you are now, what are next, and what you should learn to get there.
Online learning resources
To improve listening(interpretive) skills:
http://www.fluentu.com/ (A free website for Chinese as a second language learners. Here you can watch tons of authentic Chinese videos)
http://english.cntv.cn/program/learnchinese/growingwithchinese/index.shtml (Chinese videos made for language learning purpose)
To improve reading (interpretive) skills:
http://www.thechairmansbao.com/ (news and HSK levels)
To improve speaking(communicative) and listening(interpretive) skills:
http://chinesepod.com (Chinese daily podcast. It has everything you want to learn about Chinese language and culture can be found here. Highly recommended!)
To practice Chinese characters:
Authentic learning materials made for native Chinese speakers:
美国之音 http://www.voachinese.com/ (News written in Chinese, from Americans' perspective)
网易新闻 http://news.163.com/ (Local Chinese news)
http://www.yellowbridge.com (Online Chinese dictionary)
For Chinese grammar：
Chinese grammar wiki
Grammar book "Chinese Primer"
Recommended Apps on Smartphone/tablet:
WeChat: where you get connected with friends. You can post statuses, pictures on it. Texting, sending immediate voice texts are free.
Duomi: where you can listen to tons of Chinese music and songs from other countries for free. Lyrics synchronization is also available.
QQ: where you can meet Chinese friends and chat.
Hellotalk: language exchange mobile app