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ACTFL Reflects on Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute at BYU

CONTACT: Marty Abbott

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) would like to extend its gratitude to Brigham Young University and the Center for Language Studies for hosting the ACTFL Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute on June 17-20, 2014. Language professionals from all over the world came together in scenic Provo, Utah to participate in the 4-day ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and 2-day Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI)  Assessment Workshops in six languages (English/mixed, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish).  In addition to their participation in the workshop training, attendees were treated to the stunning scenery BYU has to offer, a campus walking tour, and an outdoor dinner reception during which ACTFL trainers, participants and BYU faculty and staff shared language related anecdotes making this a truly exceptional OPI experience.

BYU and ACTFL have enjoyed a long and prolific history of collaboration due to mutual commitment and focus on world language instruction and assessment. No better is that evidenced than in BYU's innovative Language Certificate Program http://languagecertificate.byu.edu (available in ten languages) the only university-wide, competency-based language certification program in the nation which provides students in all disciplines the opportunity to obtain an official ACTFL proficiency certificate to document their language capabilities.

ACTFL would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Ray Clifford, Michelle Price, Agnes Welch, and Julia Botitta as well as the highly motivated and engaged language learners for making this important workshop a reality.

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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014