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Proficiency & Assessment Workshops (OPI, WPT)

ACTFL is the world’s most trusted resource for expert-led professional development workshops on language teaching and testing. Institutions of higher learning, public and private school districts and the U.S. Government turn to ACTFL when they need reliable, expert-led professional development for language educators at all levels of instruction for language teaching and testing. With more than 30 years of proficiency tester training and language assessment experience, ACTFL Professional Development workshops are your best choice.

ACTFL Workshops are led by nationally recognized experts who specialize in the specific content areas. All of the workshops described can be scheduled by individual institutions and/or school districts. They can be offered on-site at a time that is determined by the host institution.

ACTFL Proficiency Workshops:

Since 1982, ACTFL has conducted Oral and Writing Proficiency Interview Workshops for teachers of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and many others. More than 20,000 language professional have participated in these workshops.

The benefits of participation in these workshops are many. As a result of these professional development experiences educators are better able to:

  • apply key principles of teaching and testing for proficiency to curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices
  • establish program goals in terms of performance outcomes
  • determine student placement, progress, and performance
  • articulate within and across language programs

Assessment and Proficiency Workshops

Section on Assessing Oral and Written Proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-2012.

  • OPI Assessment Workshop 4-Day
  • OPI Assessment 4-day Enhanced Familiarization
  • MOPI Assessment Workshop 2-Day
  • MOPI Assessment 2-day Enhanced Familiarization
  • OPI Familiarization (1-2 days)
  • OPI Advancement Workshop
  • WPT Rater training Workshop
  • Writing Guidelines Familiarization Workshop
  • Crossing Major Borders — Advanced — Superior  New for 2014!
  • Developing Interpretive Reading and Listening Proficiency  New for 2014!
  • Developing and Assessing Academic Reading Proficiency  New for 2014!
  • Developing and Assessing Academic Listening Proficiency  New for 2014!
  • Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design  New for 2014!
  • The Role of Grammar in the Development of Proficiency  New for 2014!

*See OPI/MOPI workshop FAQs below.

Workshop descriptions and additional information:

OPI ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP (4 DAYS)

Prerequisite: Affiliation with an academic institution as defined by ACTFL, undergraduate degree in a related field, minimal proficiency level of Advanced in the language training.

This four-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Participation in a Full OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Full Certification.

On-site: $4,900, INTERNATIONAL: $5,150 Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: 12 maximum

OPI Assessment 4-DAY Enhanced Familiarization

Intended for all language professionals, particularly larger groups who wish to learn the fundamentals of OPI testing and rating, who do not intend to seek certification.do not wish to certify as testers. This four-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI. Participants may observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, as well as practice rating all levels.  Particular focus is given to the implications of OPI testing for their particular program.

On-site: $TBD, INTERNATIONAL: $5,250 Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 25

MODIFIED OPI ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP (MOPI) (2 DAYS)

Prerequisite: Affiliation with an academic institution as defined by ACTFL, undergraduate degree in a related field, minimal proficiency level of Intermediate High in the language training.

This two-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI from the Novice to the Advanced levels. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews. They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Participation in a Modified OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification.

On-site: $2,950, INTERNATIONAL: $3,250 Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 10

MOPI ASSESSMENT 2-DAY ENHANCED FAMILIARIZATION

Intended for all language professionals and for larger groups who wish to learn the fundamentals of assessing oral proficiency at the Novice through Advanced levels but do not wish to certify as testers.  This two-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI at the Novice through the Advanced levels. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Advanced). They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating.  Discussion of the implications for the classroom and curriculum is included.

On-site: $3,250, INTERNATIONAL: $3,500 Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 25

THE OPI FAMILIARIZATION WORKSHOP (1-2 DAYS)

Intended for all language professionals. This one or two-day workshop familiarizes participants with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. Participants observe and rate live interviews conducted by the trainer. They discuss the implications of proficiency for academic and professional purposes. The two-day option provides additional emphasis on the Implications and Applications for instruction and assessment and can be customized to address specific program needs and goals.

On-Site: $1,250, 2-days $2,250 Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 25

OPI CERTIFICATION ADVANCEMENT TRAINING WORKSHOP (2-DAY)

Prerequisite:  Previous attendance at a 2-day MOPI or 4-day OPI Assessment Workshop and/or currently certified OPI testers with Limited or Full Certification status.

Intended for currently certified OPI testers with Limited Certification who wish to advance their level of certification to include the Advanced and Superior levels. Also intended for those who have previously attended a MOPI or OPI workshop and would now like to pursue Full OPI Tester Certification or to refresh their knowledge of OPI elicitation and rating protocols. If you are currently a certified OPI tester with Limited Certification and would like to apply for Full Certification, this is the workshop for you.  Following the workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for full certification. Applicants must be Superior level in the target language to apply for full certification.

On-site: $2,950 Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 10

2-DAY WPT RATER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Prerequisite: All trainees must be currently certified OPI testers in good standing with Full certification.

The two-day WPT Rater Training Workshop introduces OPI Testers to the ACTFL Writing Scale and the protocol for rating the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) at the Novice through Superior levels. Participants will become familiar with the assessment criteria for Writing, the structure of the WPT, and will gain practice in applying the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012Writing to the rating of samples. Following the workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for Full WPT Rater certification.

On-site: $2,950 Groups  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (OPI Certified testers with Full certification)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 25 (groups over 15 - $3,350)

WRITING GUIDELINES FAMILIARIZATION WORKSHOP (1-day)

Intended as an introduction to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Writing, this workshop introduces participants to the major and minor level descriptors and the criteria for assigning a global writing proficiency rating. Participants explore a variety of writing tasks across levels of proficiency, evaluate language samples based on the criteria as described in the Guidelines, and design appropriate writing activities and writing assessment prompts at the four major levels.

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 25 ($50 surcharge for groups over 15)


Implications for Developing Proficiency across Skills and Modes

The following workshops are designed to explore best practices for achieving high levels of proficiency across skills and modes as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2013.

Crossing Major Borders (Higher levels)

This workshop provides an overview of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Rating Scale and a description of the functions, contexts/content areas, discourse type and accuracy features appropriate to each level. Participants discuss the curricular implications of the proficiency scale and explore strategies and activities that enable students to cross proficiency level borders (i.e., Intermediate to Advanced, Advanced to Superior).

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 25 ($100 surcharge for groups over 15)

Developing Interpretive Reading and Listening Proficiency

This workshop focuses on how to use the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines to develop general proficiency in the interpretive modes of listening and reading in the target language.  Participants will review the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Reading and Listening, followed by an introduction to text typology for these interpretive modes.  The majority of the workshop time is spent in hands-on activities to guide participants in how 1) to evaluate the effectiveness of their existing materials in terms of their overall goals and target audience, and 2) to select authentic reading and aural texts and use them to design appropriate proficiency-based activities at various levels.  At the end of the workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to discuss implications for assessing these interpretive modes. 

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: n/a

Developing and Assessing Academic Reading Proficiency

This workshop will address current research in foreign language reading proficiency vis-à-vis the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Reading. Questions to be considered include:  What is the role of reading in a college world language curriculum? How does reading proficiency influence - and how is it influenced by - listening, speaking, and writing proficiency? How are academic reading requirements different from everyday reading requirements? The workshop is comprised of three interrelated issues: text typology; defining comprehension tasks; and building a reading proficiency program, including the development of formative and summative assessments for departments of languages and literatures in higher education. The ACTFL Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) will be introduced as an example of a valid and reliable summative assessment.

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Targeted Levels of Proficiency: Advanced and Superior

Number of Participants: n/a

Developing and Assessing Academic Listening Proficiency

This workshop will address current research in foreign language reading proficiency vis-à-vis the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Listening. Questions to be considered include:  What is the role of listening in a college world language curriculum? How does listening proficiency influence - and how is it influenced by - listening, speaking, and reading proficiency?  How are academic listening requirements different from everyday listening requirements? The workshop is comprised of three interrelated issues: text typology; defining comprehension tasks; and building a listening proficiency program, including the development of formative and summative assessments for departments of languages and literatures in higher education. The ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) will be introduced as an example of a valid and reliable summative assessment.

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Targeted Levels of Proficiency: Advanced and Superior

Number of participants: n/a

Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design

This workshop focuses on how to build a curriculum that is designed to keep students making steady progress in terms of overall proficiency.  ACTFL will customize the workshop to focus on achieving Intermediate, Advanced, or Superior levels of proficiency in various skills (Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening) and modes (Interpersonal, Presentational, Interpretive) depending on the needs and aims of your program, faculty and students.  The integration of Study Abroad experiences into the program of study will also be considered. 

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Targeted Levels of Proficiency: All

Number of participants: n/a

The Role of Grammar in the Development of Proficiency

This workshop focuses how to approach grammar from a functional, proficiency-oriented perspective.  After exploring a framework for addressing grammar functionally, participants will be guided through hands-on activities to evaluate their existing materials, rethink the treatment of grammar inside individual courses and across the curriculum, and design activities intended to help student acquire grammatical structures at various levels of proficiency.  The workshop can be customized to meet the overall goals of your program, faculty and students.

On-Site: $1,250  Trainer, travel, hotel, and per diem additional

Targeted Levels of Proficiency: Novice through Superior

Number of participants: n/a


HOW TO ARRANGE AN ACTFL ON-SITE WORKSHOP

  1. Email ACTFL or call (914) 963-8830 ext. 225 or email lhaims@actfl.org to discuss/select the workshop(s) you wish offered in your school or district.
  2. Select at least two possible dates for the workshop(s). A lead-time of at least 2 months is required for most workshops.
  3. Your workshop(s) will be confirmed within 15 days.
  4. A letter of agreement confirming the topic, date, and location of the workshop(s) will be sent to you with the name and contact information for the workshop trainer. An invoice will accompany this letter of agreement.
  5. Contact the trainer to arrange travel, lodging and meals. In addition to the fee for the workshop, the sponsor is responsible for each trainer's travel, lodging, and meals as well as for the local arrangements and on-site costs. Travel includes travel to and from the trainer's home location to the host institution and all local travel. Trainers arrive the evening before the first day of the workshop and leave immediately after the conclusion of the workshop, based on travel availability. Therefore, one night of lodging (or possibly two nights) is required for one-day workshops.

OPI and MOPI Workshop FAQ

My entire World Language team (10 people) would need to go through this training together. We teach Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and German. Do you do mixed language training for the same cost?

Yes, you can have up to ten people for the same price. Everyone can still apply for certification in language of their choice.

Do your presenters work on the weekends or do we need to schedule the entire training during the work week?

Absolutely! Any combination of any two, three or four successive days that work for you.

How would you like us to arrange payment?

ACTFL will send an invoice to you before the workshop and you can pay by credit card, check or money order.

Who books the flights, hotel, etc.?

Once you have contracted with ACTFL for a particular trainer and workshop, you will communicate directly with the trainer to make all travel and hotel reservations. You may book the hotel and flight directly for the trainer or ask them to do it and then reimburse them.

Are we required to get certified after the training or can teachers pursue certification on their own?

That is up to the individual workshop participant. Certification will be discussed at the end of each workshop and participants will have a month to decide whether or not to pursue certification.

Is there a cost for certification? 

Yes, the fee is $350.00 per person. Please go to www.actfltraining.org for detailed certification information.