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Virtual OPI Workshops for individual registration are held twice per year. Modified OPI Assessment Workshops begin in January and in June, and OPI Assessment Workshops are held in February and in July.

Detailed schedules and registration open approximately each November and April. We hold multiple language-specific cohorts for each OPI Assessment Workshop, along with several English/Mixed Language cohorts. Please contact plc@iz4beh.net for more information.

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Virtual AAPPL Familiarization Workshop

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED AND CLOSES APRIL 24 AT 5PM EASTERN

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Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 10:00am – 6:00pm Eastern Time

Delivery: Virtual Synchronous via Zoom with tasks and resources within ACTFLearn Central LMS

Registration Fee: ACTFL Members: $219; Non-Members: $269

Professional Development Contact Hours: 8

Description: This one-day introduction to the ACTFL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is intended for all language professionals. This workshop will link proficiency and performance to show how these concepts both inform the AAPPL and can be used to assess growth in the three modes of communication. Identifying the traits of Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced learners will be addressed and ideas for moving students along the continuum will be discussed. Participants will articulate learning goals in addition to creating rubrics and activities for their classrooms based on the proficiency and performance- based constructs presented in the workshop.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate what the AAPPL is, its purpose, and what it measures
  • Describe the characteristics of the major ACTFL proficiency levels and how they connect with the performance descriptors for language learners and ACTFL-NCSSFL Can-Do Statements
  • Apply the Can-Do Statements, performance descriptors, and proficiency guidelines to create rubrics and prompts targeting Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels
  • Develop activities that target interpretive, presentations, and interpersonal modes of communication using an iterative approach for a given subject or level that includes all skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing)
  • Assess AAPPL speaking and writing samples to determine whether the response meets or does not meet a targeted level
  • Provide feedback to peers on their rubrics, activities, and goals
  • Reflect on ways in which AAPPL objectives and outcomes can be addressed in the classroom in curricula, program goals, and proficiency targets for learners.

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Types of Workshops

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.

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.

Workshop Descriptions

ACTFL Assessment Workshops

ACTFL holds virtual assessment workshops multiple times per year that are open for individual registration. These workshops include the AAPPL Familiarization, OPI Assessment, and Modified OPI Assessment.

Workshop Descriptions

Which OPI Workshop is Right for Me?

The OPI and MOPI workshops are very similar. Consider these factors when choosing the right workshop for you:

In order to be certified to conduct advisory OPIs from Novice Low through Superior, you must pursue Full Certification, which means you must both have a Superior personal OPI rating within the target language and complete an OPI Workshop.

If you do not need or wish to conduct advisory OPIs across the full range of proficiency levels, you can pursue Limited Certification. This certification allows you to conduct advisory OPIs from Novice Low through Intermediate High. In this case, you can complete a MOPI Workshop instead of an OPI Workshop but must have a personal OPI rating of at least Advanced Mid within the target language.

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.