March 25, 2012

ACTFL's Full OPI Introductory Workshop in Illinois


The Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages sponsors ACTFL's Full OPI Introductory Workshop
June 18-21, 2012 - 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lyons Township High School
100 S. Brainard
La Grange, Illinois 60525

The Full OPI Workshop is an intensive four-day introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview. The rating scale and techniques for eliciting a ratable sample are highlighted in daily plenary sessions and then reinforced in language-specific break-out sessions. Participants have the opportunity to observe live demonstration interviews conducted by their trainer. Under the trainer’s supervision, they then conduct their own practice interviews with volunteer candidates. The group critiques and discusses both these practice interviews and their ratings. Following the workshop, participants may apply to become ACTFL OPI Raters and Testers.

The benefits of participation in OPI Workshops are many. As a result of these professional development experiences, educators are better able to:
apply key principles of teaching and testing for proficiency to curriculum, instruction, and assessment
establish program goals in terms of performance outcomes
determine student placement, progress, and performance
articulate within and across language programs

Workshops will be offered in English. Language-specific workshops may be offered if enrollment is sufficient. Otherwise, training is in English with other language OPI samples included.

The four-day workshop includes training, materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Nearby hotel arrangements can be coordinated through ICTFL.

Registration deadline: May 12, 2012

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