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Proficiency & Assessment Workshops (OPI, WPT)

Since 1982, ACTFL has conducted Speaking (OPI), Writing (WPT), Reading and Listening Proficiency & Assessment Workshops for teachers of all languages around the globe at all levels of instruction. By learning about the assessment methods most widely used today in the U.S. for measuring proficiency, teachers are better prepared to determine the speaking abilities of their students, to design their own assessment tools, and to determine if students have reached specific benchmark levels as determined by individual districts or states. Proficiency training provides the framework for assessing Interpersonal and Presentational communication modes as described in World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.

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

  • enhance the classroom experience for students and enable them to improve their oral proficiencies in their second language acquisition.
  • create more authentic communicative exchanges with engaged students resulting in measurable improvements in student outcomes.
  • 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.

Assessment and Proficiency Workshops

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
Developing and Assessing Academic Listening Proficiency
Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design
The Role of Grammar in the Development of Proficiency

Questions? See workshop FAQs for answers about the OPI and MOPI workshops.

 

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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 link Proficiency and Performance and how the assessment can be used to measures 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.

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

Please contact ACTFL at workshops@actfl.org to schedule

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: 25

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

Please contact ACTFL at workshops@actfl.org for pricing and terms for groups larger than 10 people

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 10

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

Please contact ACTFL at workshops@actfl.org for pricing and terms for groups larger than 10 people

Intended audience (All)

Targeted proficiency levels (All)

Number of Participants: maximum 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 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 2012.

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


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