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Workshops

A-1: The Oral Proficiency Interview (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 of training.

The Full OPI Workshop is an intensive four-day introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview. The rating scale and techniques for eliciting a ratable sample are highlighted in daily plenary sessions and then reinforced in language-specific break-out sessions. Participants have the opportunity to observe live demonstration interviews conducted by their trainer. Under the trainer’s supervision, they then conduct their own practice interviews with volunteer candidates.


On-site: $4,900,
International: $5,150

A-2: The Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Assessment Workshop (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 of training.

The Modified OPI Workshop is an intensive two or three-day introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview at the Novice and Intermediate levels. The rating scale and techniques for eliciting a ratable sample are highlighted in daily plenary sessions and then reinforced in language-specific break-out sessions. Participants have the opportunity to observe live demonstration interviews conducted by their trainer.  Under the trainer’s supervision, they then conduct their own practice interviews with volunteer candidates.


On-site: $2,950,
International: $3,550

A-4: The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Familiarization Workshop (1 day)

Intended as an introduction to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, the ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, this workshop includes viewing of recorded interviews conducted by a trainer in English or the common language of the group. Participants discuss the implications of the ACTFL Proficiency Scale and the Oral Proficiency Interview for establishing program goals, and for planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


On-Site: $1,250

A-4a: The OPI Familiarization and Implications for Instruction Workshop (2 days)

This workshop is designed as an introduction to proficiency concepts, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, and the interview as an assessment tool. The workshop includes viewing of recorded interviews conducted by a trainer in English or the common language of the group. Day 1 includes the rating scale, interview structure and elicitation techniques. Day 2 deals with the implications of the OPI on classroom instruction and as a model for curriculum development and lesson planning.  Prochievement testing is also discussed.


On-Site: $2,250

A-6: Prochievement Testing Workshop (1 day)

The fusion of proficiency and achievement testing, “prochievement” testing is a more holistic way of assessing how well specific learned tasks are performed than the customary discrete-item test. Participants will learn how to tailor the OPI to a prochievement format, design authentic writing tasks for a prochievement test, and explore procedures for testing listening and reading using authentic materials.


On-Site: $1,000

A-7: Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) Familiarization Workshop (1 day)

In this workshop, participants are presented with an overview of the ACTFL Integrated Performance Assessment at the Novice, Intermediate, and Pre-Advanced levels. The three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, Presentational) and the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners are reviewed as they apply to Integrated Performance Assessment. After examining the tasks and rubrics, participants rate samples of student performance.


On-Site: $1,000

A-8: Designing Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA) Workshop (2-3 days)

In this workshop, participants will view the National Standards, the ACTFL K-12 Performance Guidelines, and their instructional practices through the lens of assessment. Beginning with a review of the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, Presentational), participants are introduced to the construct of ACTFL Integrated Performance Assessment.  Tasks and rubrics for each performance level (Novice, Intermediate, Pre-Advanced) are presented. Using the rubrics, participants examine and rate samples of student performance at each level.


On-Site (2 days): $1,800,
On-Site (3 days): $2,400

A-9 The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Guidelines Familiarization Workshop (1 day)

Intended as an introduction to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines – Writing (Revised 2012), 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: $1,000

B-1: Familiarization with the Standards for Foreign Language Instruction (1 day)

This workshop introduces language educators at all levels to Standards for Foreign Language Learning and their vital implications for what happens in the classroom. Participants will gain a basic understanding of this new framework. Tools for applying the National Standards in the classroom will be explored and demonstrated.


On-Site: $1,000

B-2: Communication Workshop (1 day)

This workshop provides an introduction to the three Communicative Modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational).  Participants will reflect on how this definition differs from current practice. Classroom activities on the management of interpersonal communication (negotiation of meaning), interpretive communication (strategies for the teaching of listening and reading), and presentational communication (speaking and writing) will be demonstrated. Participants will identify a personal plan of action for integrating the Communication Standards into their instructional program.


On-Site: $1,000

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