Virtual Workshops are now available!
Develop a toolbox of strategies to design purposeful units and performance tasks in the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) and identify day-to-day learning activities that support language goals. Registration is limited will close on Monday, May 1.
Guide your learners to develop the language functions and confidence to move to higher levels of proficiency. Join a foundational one-day virtual workshop to inspire you for next school year and get your PD hours in before June! Registration is limited and will close on Monday, May 1.
ACTFL Classroom Instructional Strategies Workshops
ACTFL offers virtual, synchronous workshops on a variety of topics related to classroom teaching practices, classroom assessment, and lesson, unit, and curriculum design multiple times each year. Two of our current offerings include Guiding Learners to Higher Levels of Proficiency and Developing & Assessing the Three Modes of Communication.
Engage with your colleagues and exceptional ACTFL facilitators during each live virtual event. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from ACTFL facilitators, collaborate and apply their learning during breakout sessions and discussion forums with fellow participants, and then share ideas and takeaways with the larger group. Each workshop will include activities to apply your learning and participants will leave the workshop with practical tools, examples, and tasks, ready to use within their classrooms.
Summer 2023 details and registration coming soon!
ACTFL Assessment Workshops
ACTFL holds virtual assessment workshops multiple times per year that are open for individual registration. These workshops include the OPI Familiarization, OPI Assessment, and Modified OPI Assessment.
Want to be able to accurately distinguish the ranges between a beginner language learner’s memorized speech and the complex opinions and theoretical musings of a highly sophisticated speaker of a language? Join your language teaching colleagues across the world to understand the 10 different levels that can be used to rate a language learner’s speaking ability within the context of a spontaneous, authentic conversation – the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Discover the ways in which the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, the Oral Proficiency Interview, and OPI Tester Certification can benefit your career and improve your teaching strategies to guide your learners to the next level.
The OPI and Modified OPI (MOPI) Assessment Workshops introduce the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI, including its applications in the language classroom. Participants observe and conduct practice interviews across a range of proficiency levels. These workshops are similar to the in-person 2-day MOPI and 4-day OPI workshops and include additional content.
With this virtual format, participants will work asynchronously on the modules at their own pace, participate in two videoconferencing sessions for facilitator-led discussion and respond to prompts for reflection and application via a discussion board. The last portion of the course includes practice interviews with feedback and discussion from the facilitator. Each participant who wants to pursue certification needs to conduct a practice interview with guidance from the facilitator. The workshops are intensive and require a significant time commitment both on-demand and in live synchronous videoconferencing sessions.
Which Workshop is Right for Me?
The OPI and MOPI workshops are very similar. Consider these factors when choosing the right workshop for you:
Requirements to Participate
As prerequisite to qualify to attend an OPI or MOPI workshop as well as apply for ACTFL OPI Tester Certification, registrants must be affiliated with (currently or previously) an academic institution as defined by ACTFL, have an undergraduate degree in a related field, and have a minimal proficiency level of Advanced Mid in the language of the workshop.
An academic institution is an accredited school, college, or university where foreign languages are taught. The term "affiliation with an academic institution" is defined as a current or previous faculty and/or staff member involved in the instruction or evaluation of language students. Private language companies that offer translation services or language testing do not qualify under ACTFL's definition of an academic institution. Private for-profit companies do not qualify.
OPI Tester Certification
After completing an OPI or MOPI workshop, participants will be eligible to pursue ACTFL OPI Tester Certification, if desired. Participants may apply for certification in any language regardless of the language of training.
Registrants intending to apply for Full OPI Tester Certification must participate in an OPI Assessment Workshop. Registrants intending to apply for Limited OPI Tester Certification may participate in either an OPI Assessment or MOPI Assessment Workshop.