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ACTFL Announces Spring OPI Assessment Workshop at The Graduate Center, CUNY

CONTACT: Andrew Richardson
(914) 963-8830 EXT. 219

White Plains, NY (February 8, 2013) – ACTFL is pleased to announce the first ever spring OPI assessment workshop to be held at  The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City, on June 4-7, 2013 for Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

The four-day OPI assessment workshop is an intensive introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview. The rating scale and techniques for eliciting ratable sample are highlighted in daily plenary sessions and reinforced in language-specific break-out sessions. Participants have the opportunity to observe demonstration interviews and, under a trainer’s supervision, conduct their own practice interviews with volunteer candidates. The group critiques and discusses both the practice interview and their rating. Following the workshop, participants may apply to become ACTFL OPI testers.  ACTFL OPI Assessment Training provides a valuable foundation for teachers in second language assessment, curriculum design, and instruction. Participation in the workshop helps teachers to understand the key principles of teaching and testing for proficiency. By learning about the assessment method most widely used today in the U.S. for measuring speaking proficiency in a language, 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.


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs. For more information, visit the website at www.actfl.org.

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Friday, February 8, 2013