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ACTFL Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute Marks Third Successful Year

CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) acknowledges the success of the third annual Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute. In addition to the regular four-day OPI Assessment Workshops, two MOPI (modified) workshops were added to accommodate the increased demand for proficiency training in the K-12 community.

From June 7-10, language professionals from around the globe came together at BYU for the third straight year to participate in the four-day ACTFL OPI and MOPI Assessment Workshops in five languages: English/mixed languages, Chinese, English (mixed languages), French, Japanese, and Spanish. ACTFL wishes to acknowledge the continued contributions of Dr. Ray Clifford, Michelle Price, Agnes Welch, Teresa De Jel, and Julia Botitta and extend our appreciation for providing another remarkable training opportunity.

The Ohio State University, which offers almost 30 languages, partnered with ACTFL for a first-time collaboration, which sold out in record time. Participants chose from four language-specific (Arabic, English, French, and Spanish) sections. Our special thanks to Karen Sobul, Rebecca Bias for their seamless organization and enthusiasm, and Jocelyn Hardman and Diane Birckbichler for making this possible.

Glastonbury Public Schools, a leader in K-12 world language instruction, hosted ACTFL’s first sponsored Northeast MOPI workshop for K-12 teachers. Participants trained in English, French, and Spanish. Special thanks to Rita Oleksak, Director of Foreign Languages for GPS, along with Jimmy Wildman, who spearheaded efforts to bring this important MOPI training to the Northeast and ensured the program’s successful launch.

Closing out our summer session was the Aug. 2-3 Sponsored MOPIs in partnership with WAFLT (Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers). Three MOPI workshops were held in conjunction with WAFLT’s Building Momentum Along the Path to Proficiency conference at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The workshops were made possible by the tireless efforts and dedication of Lisa Hendrickson, SuAnn Schroeder, and Jan Hagerdon.

ACTFL wishes to acknowledge the faculty, staff, trainers, apprentice trainers, and volunteers who made these workshops successful. The 2017 Proficiency Assessments Institute dates and locations will be announced in January 2017, with the inclusion of more Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTLs) options.

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 12,000 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, August 15, 2016