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ACTFL Holds Successful Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) acknowledges the success of the 2nd annual Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute and extends its gratitude to its hosts, Brigham Young University (BYU) and University of Maryland (UMD). Looking to build on the success of last year’s sponsored OPI Workshops at BYU, ACTFL sought to expand dates and venues to meet the increasing demand for OPI training.

From June 9 to 12, more than 100 language professionals came together at BYU to participate in the four day ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Assessment Workshops and two day Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Assessment Workshops in seven languages: English/mixed languages, Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. ACTFL acknowledges the contributions of Dr. Ray Clifford, Michelle Price, Agnes Welch, and Julia Botitta for providing a truly unique and engaging professional development experience.

Two weeks later, from June 25 to 29, UMD opened the doors of its School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to host the first east coast session of the Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute. OPI workshop participants along with several OPI Apprentice Trainers from around the globe came together to train in Arabic, Chinese, English/mixed languages, French, Russian, and Spanish.  Dr. Mary Ellen Scullen, Associate Director, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Dr. Cynthia Martin, Associate Professor and Department Head of School of Languages, Literatures, and Culture spearheaded efforts to bring OPI training to UMD and ensured the program’s successful launch.

Both BYU and UMD have extensive histories of collaboration with ACTFL due to a mutual commitment and focus on world language instruction and assessment. UMD has teamed up with ACTFL to offer the Graduate Certificate Program in Instructional Technology Integration for World Language Educators. BYU continues to provide students in all disciplines the opportunity to obtain an official ACTFL Proficiency Certificate to document their language capabilities through its Language Certificate Program. ACTFL looks forward to supporting their continued efforts and future collaboration.

ACTFL wishes to acknowledge the faculty, staff, trainers, apprentice trainers, and volunteers who made these workshops successful. The 2016 Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute dates and locations will be announced on the ACTFL website in November of 2015.

About ACTFL:
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 12,500 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, July 20, 2015