We are now at full capacity for enrollment in the English/Mixed and Spanish cohorts. Registration is now closed for these options. Arabic, Hindi, and Russian are still open!
This workshop introduces 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 at all proficiency levels, Novice - Superior. Participation in a Virtual OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step towards becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with either Limited or Full Certification.
The format of the course is a hybrid of asynchronous course work (on-demand modules via ACTFL's Learning Management System) and synchronous videoconferencing meetings with a facilitator. The last week of the course includes the practice interviews with feedback and discussion from the facilitator and other participants. Although this workshop is similar to the in-person, 4-day OPI workshop, it includes additional content. (Total of 30 hours of professional development)
IMPORTANT: The on-demand modules are entirely in English, but the live discussion and interview sessions are in the language of your chosen cohort (Arabic, English, Hindi, Russian, Spanish). If you do not teach one of the languages listed, we welcome you to join the English/Mixed Languages cohort -- please keep in mind that we recommend at least Advanced level proficiency in English to gain the most out of the workshop. This course is very content-heavy. Make sure to plan on at least seven hours per week outside of the zoom sessions to make sure you have sufficient time to complete each module on time. The online modules close one week after the last day of Zoom interviews. You must complete all online modules and attend all Zoom sessions in their entirety to receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to apply for OPI Tester Certification. Following completion of this workshop, you are eligible to apply for OPI Tester Certification in the language of your choice.
NOTE: Language-specific cohorts will remain available based on enrollment. It is possible that language-specific cohorts may be cancelled and registrants invited to join the English/Mixed Languages cohort should registration numbers be too low to hold a separate workshop. Encourage your colleagues to join you to ensure that your language-specific cohort can be held!
Workshop Schedule: Monday, July 3 - Sunday, August 6, 2023
Zoom Interview Sessions: Day 2 – Saturday, July 29: 11:00am - 5:15pm Eastern Time
Participants Complete Modules 1, 2, 3 – Monday, July 3 – Thursday, July 13
Zoom Review Session – Thursday, July 13 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time
Participants Complete Modules 4 & 5 – Friday, July 14 – Thursday, July 27
Zoom Review Session and Exemplar Interview – Thursday, July 27 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time
Zoom Interview Sessions: Day 1 – Friday, July 28: 11:00am - 5:15pm Eastern Time
Interview Schedule for Days 1 and 2 (both days must be attended!)
11:00am – 12:00pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET
1 hour break
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
3:00pm – 4:00 pm ET
4:15pm – 5:15pm ET
Participants complete Module 6 and final summative workshop assessment: Sunday, July 30 - Sunday, August 6
Access to course ends: Sunday, August 6
On-Demand Module Content and Approximate Time Commitment
|Module 1: Introduction to the OPI Familiarization Workshop
|Module 2: Proficiency, the OPI, the ACTFL Rating Scale, and the Assessment Criteria
|Module 3: The Sublevels, the Structure of the OPI, and Effective Elicitation
|Module 4: Applications and Implications of the OPI
|Module 5: Additional Preparation for OPI Testing
|Module 6: Certification Pathway
Member Rate: Membership dues must be paid prior to registering for the workshop to register at the member rate. Please note, ACTFL will not refund the difference for those who register at the nonmember rate and then later join ACTFL. ACTFL membership fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.
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Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds cannot be processed for cancellations after the start date of the workshop. Should you need to cancel, you will be charged a 20% cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed in the same manner in which payment was received. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.