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Proficiency & Assessment Workshops

There are many choices institutions face when choosing the best professional development for their educators. With all the options available, why should you choose an ACTFL workshop?

  • ACTFL Workshops are customizable for any type of educational institution or organization
  • Our workshop facilitators come from a wide range of linguistic, professional, and educational backgrounds, making it possible to find the appropriate expert to work with your faculty
    • In addition to experts with K-12, higher education, immersion, and applied linguistics backgrounds, we are able to accommodate groups of LCTL (Less Commonly Taught Language) teachers, native and indigenous language communities, and international schools
  • Our workshop topics range from 1-day familiarizations on our assessments (such as OPI and AAPPL) to multi-day workshops on assessing proficiency in written or oral modes of communication
    • All workshops address how ACTFL guidelines and assessment concepts can be applied in a daily classroom setting

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

Workshop descriptions and information

AAPPL Familiarization Workshop

This one-day introduction to the ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is intended for all language professionals. This workshop will discuss the link between proficiency and performance, including how the AAPPL can be used to measure growth in the three modes of communication. Participants will learn the traits of learners at Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced as well as strategies for moving students along the proficiency continuum. Additionally, participants will work together to develop a student-friendly rubric and prompts appropriate for each proficiency level.

Fee: $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25

OPI ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP (4 DAYS)

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, including its applications in the language classroom. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). Participation in a Full OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Full Certification.

The OPI workshop can be conducted in the target language of choice or in English for a mixed-language group. Please contact us at workshops@actfl.org for more information on OPI workshops LCTL or indigenous/native language groups.

Fee: $4,900 (within the US); $5,150 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 10

MODIFIED OPI ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP (MOPI) (2 DAYS)

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, including its applications in the language classroom. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews at Novice and Intermediate proficiency levels. Participation in a MOPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification.

The MOPI workshop can be conducted in the target language of choice or in English for a mixed-language group. Please contact us at workshops@actfl.org for more information on MOPI workshops LCTL or indigenous/native language groups.

Fee: $2,950 (within the US); $3,250 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 10

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 will hear samples at each proficiency level and 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 can be customized to address specific program needs and goals.

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Fee (2 day): $2,250 (within the US); $2,950 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 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.

This two-day workshop is intended for currently certified OPI testers with Limited Certification who wish to advance their level of certification to include the Advanced and Superior levels, as well as those who have previously attended a MOPI or OPI workshop and would now like to pursue Full OPI Tester Certification or refresh their knowledge of OPI elicitation and rating protocols.  Following the workshop, participants with Limited Certification will be eligible to apply for Full Certification.

Fee: $2,950 (within the US); $3,250 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 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 all levels of proficiency. 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 in their target language (when available). Following the workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for Full WPT Rater certification.

Fee: $2,950 (within the US); $3,250 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 15

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.

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25


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 2012.

Crossing Major Borders (Higher levels)

This one-day workshop provides an overview of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Rating Scale and a description of the functions, contexts/content areas, discourse type and accuracy 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).

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25

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. 

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25

Developing and Assessing Academic Reading Proficiency

This one-day workshop will address current research in foreign language reading proficiency with respect to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Reading. Questions to be considered include:  What is the role of reading in 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.

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25

Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design

This one-day 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. 

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25

The Role of Grammar in the Development of Proficiency

This one-day 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.

Fee (1 day): $1,250 (within the US); $1,500 (outside the US), plus workshop facilitator travel expenses

Maximum number of participants: 25