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ACTFL Announces Writing Proficiency Test Rater Training Workshop

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce an important collaboration with The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Lauder Institute will be hosting an on-site ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test Rater Training Workshop on March 29-30 on their campus in Philadelphia. The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is a standardized test for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language. The tests measure how well a person spontaneously writes in a language (without access to revision and/or editing tools) by comparing his/her performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Writing section.

As the demand for a reliable and valid means of assessing student outcomes increases, The Lauder Institute has generously opened its doors and provided support to bring together language professionals across fifteen languages. The Lauder Institute's efforts affirm the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to proficiency based instruction and assessment and ACTFL is grateful for their efforts in making this important workshop a reality.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the implications of the ACTFL Proficiency Scale for establishing program goals, and for planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The test is useful for a wide variety of purposes such as: academic, government, and commercial contexts, professional certification criteria for hiring program placement and articulation, admission to graduate and professional programs, and evaluation of program effectiveness.

ACTFL has also announced the opening of a WPT Rater Training workshop at Brigham Young University on June 17-18. Learn more and register.

More information about the Lauder Institute.

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.

Monday, February 3, 2014