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ACTFL Offers Assessments in Less Commonly Taught Languages for High School Students Seeking a Seal of Biliteracy

CONTACT: Sherri Halloran
(703) 894-2900 x119

ACTFL is proud to support the Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL) by offering its Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and its Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in 21 less commonly taught / tested languages including:

Albanian, Amharic, Bengali/Bangla, Bosnian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Dari, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba.

The ACTFL OPI & WPT for the SOBL are appropriate for high school juniors and seniors (grades 11 & 12).

“ACTFL is excited to offer assessments in these 21 less commonly taught languages,” says Camelot Marshall, Principal Assessment Manager at ACTFL. “Now, learners and speakers of these languages will have the opportunity to demonstrate their language proficiency and present evidence for the Seal of Biliteracy!”

A proficiency-based assessment, the ACTFL OPI for the Seal of Biliteracy assesses how well a person speaks a language. OPI tasks engage the test-taker in the interpersonal listening and speaking communication mode. Also, proficiency-based, the ACTFL WPT for the Seal of Biliteracy is an assessment of functional writing ability in a language. WPT tasks address the presentational and interpersonal modes of communication. In both cases, the learner’s language ability is compared to the criteria outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

These assessments target Novice Low to Advanced Mid proficiency range. Test-takers will be able to register for a test each Spring from February to May, starting in 2020.

ACTFL’s website provides more detailed information about the ACTFL OPI & WPT for the Seal of Biliteracy.

About the Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school (public or private), district, or state to recognize a student’s demonstration of proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.  More information can be found at: https://sealofbiliteracy.org.


Friday, September 20, 2019