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Nominations for 2018 ACTFL Summer Institute Hosts

Available workshops

1 day workshops

  • AAPPL Familiarization Workshop: Linking Performance and Proficiency in your Classroom
    • This one-day introduction to the ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is intended for all language professionals. This workshop will link Proficiency and Performance and how the assessment can be used to measure growth in the three modes of communication. Identifying what makes a learner Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced will be addressed and ideas for moving students along the continuum will be of great help to classroom teachers. Participants will work to develop a student-friendly rubric and practice using it to rate samples.
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop: Implications of Proficiency for Academic Purposes
    • 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.
  • Writing Proficiency Guidelines Familiarization: Assessing Writing Proficiency in the Classroom
    • 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.

2 day workshops

  • Modified OPI Assessment Workshop (MOPI)
    • 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 also critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Implications and applications for classroom practiced are discussed in a plenary session. Participation in a Modified OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification.
  • OPI Advancement (pre-requisite: 2-day MOPI Assessment)
    • 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.
  • WPT Rater Certification (pre-requisite: participants must be certified OPI raters)
    • 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 2012—Writing to the rating of samples. Following the workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for Full WPT Rater certification.

4-day workshops

  • OPI Assessment Workshop
    • 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. Implications and applications for classroom practiced are discussed in a plenary session. Participation in a Full OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Full Certification.

Select all workshops that you would like to host. Final selection of site and workshops will be determined by ACTFL.

Proposed dates:

Please provide three proposed date(s) for the workshop(s) you have proposed hosting. Dates must be between May 1-August 31, 2018.

Please explain why your location would be ideal for hosting an ACTFL summer Institute. Your narrative should reference factors such as:

  • Availability of world language students who can serve as practice examinees during the workshop
  • Proximity to interested teaching populations
  • Proximity to airport, trains, metro, etc. (i.e. ability to reach location with ease)
  • Local attractions
  • Proximity to restaurants and entertainment
  • Proximity to affordable hotels and/or availability of on-campus lodging

Responsibilities

ACTFL

  • Provide qualified trainers and pay their honoraria, lodging, meals and travel expenses
  • Provide all workshop materials
  • Manage event registration
  • Coordinate publicity for the event
  • Negotiate special room rates with a local hotel if necessary (Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, hotel reservations and other costs.)
  • Confirm the number of workshop sections no later than 45 days prior to the event
  • ACTFL will provide two refreshment breaks to be served during allotted break times - school must provide space/table.

Host Institution

  • Designate an on-site coordinator who will be responsible for organizing the recruitment and scheduling of student volunteers (10 for each language specific section).  The coordinator will be paid by ACTFL and will work closely with ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research, and Development (CARD) staff during recruiting process.
  • Provide the necessary space for the training:
    • Seminar Room for plenary sessions
    • Break-out rooms (one for each language-specific section) to comfortably seat 13 in seminar style; Rooms will be needed on all workshop days from 9:00-5:00. LCD Projectors, laptop speakers and a screen will be needed for each room along with a flipchart/board and markers.
    • Registration Table: Provide a space for a registration table and chair for ACTFL staff members on the first morning of the workshop.
    • Have an on-site AV person present in the first mornings to make sure all equipment is working. Trainers will be equipped with their own laptops, but may need assistance connecting and testing sound equipment
  • Identify possible hotel/lodging option

 

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