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AAPPL Mentors Application

ACTFL is seeking a team of high energy, collaborative consultants for the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) testing program who share our commitment to principled language assessment and instruction. AAPPL Mentors will serve as mentors to AAPPL Raters; they will also facilitate language-specific norming and readiness activities, participate in item writing and item review processes, and form the AAPPL Quality Assurance Council to address quality assurance needs across the program. There will be one to three mentors per assessed language.

This is a consulting role, not an ACTFL staff position. Some previous experience as a trainer, tester, or rater of a large-scale language assessment is desired but not strictly required.

If you work in one of the languages listed below, we invite you to read this role description and apply. If you are applying to be an AAPPL Mentor in more than one language, please complete a separate application for each language.

Languages

We are seeking mentors in nine languages that are currently assessed – Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish – and four languages that will soon have their first AAPPL assessment: Hindi, Italian, Japanese, and Thai.

What is the AAPPL?

The AAPPL is unique among large-scale language assessments in addressing the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. More than 300,000 AAPPL assessments are given annually to K-12 students. The three modes of communication are assessed in separate components: Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS), Presentational Writing (PW), Interpretive Reading (IR) and Interpretive Listening (IL). Raters rate student performance on the ILS and PW components only. Mentors work with ACTFL staff to ensure that the standard for rating the ILS and PW components is understood and maintained consistently across the program. Learn more about the AAPPL.

Your role as an AAPPL mentor

The role consists of four main responsibilities, with the busiest periods of the year being mid-March through early June, and the month of September:

  • Support the work of raters by contributing to and conducting norming sessions, and maintaining a weekly, virtual "office hour" to support raters during busy periods
  • Complete one’s own rating of AAPPL ILS and PW samples accurately, reliably, and in a timely manner
  • Participate in norming sessions for mentors in advance of busy periods, and activities of the AAPPL Quality Assurance Council
  • Participate in AAPPL item writing sessions, item reviews, and usability testing

Successful candidates will complete a mentor training and a rater certification process if they are not already AAPPL raters. Authorization to work without sponsorship in the US for ACTFL and its testing office, Language Testing International (LTI), is a requirement, as is a proficiency level of at least Advanced Mid (as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012), in both speaking and writing, in each AAPPL language for which the candidate is applying.

We believe this could be a particularly exciting and relevant opportunity for K-12 teachers of world languages and/or ESOL

Please fill in this application as honestly and completely as possible. We estimate the application will take 15 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions please email aapplqa@actfl.org with the subject line “AAPPL Mentor Application”.


Personal and contact information

Please enter your contact information below. If you reside outside the US, please enter additional information in the City field. Throughout the application, an asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

Please complete a separate application for each language.

Experience

Please list briefly your experience in the following areas:

Language proficiency

Please answer the following for each language in which you will be a mentor and rater:

File upload

Maximum file size is 5 MB. Allowable file extension is pdf.

Work information

(For applicants who are not yet a tester or rater of an ACTFL test) Eligible AAPPL raters will work as independent contractors for ACTFL’s designee, Language Testing International. It is best for independent contractors to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for payment purposes. For more information and to apply for an EIN online, please consult: https://www.irs.gov

Technology

The AAPPL is both delivered and rated online, so it is important that AAPPL mentors have access to commonly available technology such as broadband Internet, a relatively recent version of one of the commonly used Internet browsers, a computer with functioning audio speakers, etc. Additionally, Internet-based applications (such as learning management systems and web conferencing tools) will be used in training/certification, quality assurance and other activities.

Availability

Because the AAPPL is taken primarily by K-12 students, there is a high volume of assessments to rate at two points in the academic year: mid-March through early June, and the month of September. It is important that mentors be available not only to complete their rating assignments during those periods, but also for norming and other readiness activities in the preceding month, and throughout the year to support various activities relating to the program.

Thank you for applying for the role of AAPPL Mentor! If your application is accepted, you will be contacted with details regarding the mentor training process.