Part of my summer assignment is revising the syllabus for third year loghatelba7th, which I'll be teaching come Fall. In preparation for this, I observed the second year class that's going on now, to get an idea of the students' level. I'm dumbstruck. In two hours of class, not one of them could put together a complete and correct sentence in loghatelba7th (I'm not even sure they could do an incorrect but comprehensible one, like the equivalent of "he go to store"). Then again, they didn't really talk much, so maybe they can but didn't? The drills all failed, because it's pretty difficult to do a speaking drill when you're not speaking. Or if you turn a speaking drill into a translation drill.
I hold my students to pretty high standards, because four years of college language classes really isn't much unless you do a lot of extra work outside of class. So, to accomplish anything, I think you have to push pretty hard (and I kind of wish I had been given this information as an undergrad). But you also need a base to push from.
So expect lots of frustrated complaining come Fall!