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February 16, 2017
OPI Summer Institute Registration Open

Four ACTFL-sponsored OPI workshops have been scheduled at four convenient locations around the country. These workshops introduce the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the OPI and techniques of administering and rating the OPI. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels.

Learn more about the workshops and the languages offered

  • San Diego State University
    4-Day OPI Assessment Workshop
    June 6-9
  • Portland Public Schools (Oregon)
    2-Day MOPI and 4-Day OPI Assessment Workshops
    June 26-27, June 26-29
  • Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA)
    4-Day OPI Assessment Workshop
    June 27-30
  • Glastonbury Public Schools (Connecticut)
    2-Day MOPI Assessment Workshop
    July 17-18


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Executive Committee Pledges Commitment to Linguistic, Cultural, & Religious Diversity

In response to the growing concerns of our members, ACTFL reiterates its strong commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity as qualities that must be embraced in the U.S. and throughout the world. We stand with the entire language education community in underscoring our key values of collaboration, honoring multiple perspectives, and a free and open exchange of ideas.

Read the rest of the Executive Committee's statement.


Position Statements on Languages, Computer Coding

ACTFL has released two position statements to express its stance on computer coding and foreign languages.

The first position statement, “What is a World Language?,” offers a concrete definition and specific criteria to determine what constitutes a world language.

The second position statement, “Supporting the Study of World Languages and Computer Science,” advocates the study of both world languages and computer science as essential but not equivalent skills.

These statements will serve as references for educators and legislators alike as these topics are discussed in state legislatures.


ACTFL Virtual Learning Modules: View online at our Language Educators' Learning Portal
Register for an ACTFL/EF Educator Trip

ACTFL and EF’s Educator trips focus on strengthening your language proficiency and cultural competence, and will inspire you to foster your students’ curiosity to explore the world through language.

The deadline to apply for the program in Cuba is March 1; the deadline for the two language immersion programs is March 15.

  • Havana: Art, Education, and Daily Life, July 1-7, 2017
  • Language Immersion in Panama, June 26-July 3, 2017
  • Language Immersion in France, June 26-July 5, 2017

You must be an ACTFL member to apply. All expenses are included in the price of the trip.


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Apply for New ACTFL Internship Program

The ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD) invites applications for its Internship Program at ACTFL headquarters in Alexandria, VA. (Proposals for telework may be considered.) This internship is designed as a pathway to the profession; its goal is to help recipients (1) explore the field, (2) develop professional & academic skills, and (3) accumulate experiences that will serve as the foundation for future leadership roles. 

Learn more about duties and candidate qualifications. The application deadline is March 3.


ACTFL CARD Internship Program



ACTFL Seeks Proficiency Assessment Specialists

ACTFL invites qualified individuals to apply to become proficiency testers. Those selected to become testers will be asked to attend training. Attendees are paid an honorarium for their attendance and travel costs will be reimbursed.

In your training, you will be learning to administer and rate Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) according to the ILR scale, which is typically used by the US government. Certified Testers conduct tests as independent contractors for the ACTFL Testing Office, and are paid on a per test basis. As a certified ILR OPI tester, you may be eligible for other freelance/consulting assignments with ACTFL.

Who's eligible: Native speakers of the following languages (Bold indicates urgent need): Afrikaans, Arabic-Libyan, Arabic-Tunisian, Assyrian, Baluchi, Belarusian, Burmese, Chechen, Danish, Dhivehi, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Fon, Fula-Peul, Fula-Toucouleur, Icelandic, Javanese, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Kirundi, Kuwaiti, Lingala, Malayam, Mandingo-Bambara, Mossi, Norwegian, Pahari, Quechua, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Tamazight, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Uighur, and Zulu.


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Join Our Team: Two Job Openings at ACTFL HQ

Program Manager of Quality Assurance

ACTFL is looking for a Program Manager of Quality Assurance for its Center for Assessment, Research, and Development (CARD) at our Alexandria, VA, headquarters. Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to: quality assurance to ensure tester and rater reliability for ACTFL assessments; test development; and administrative duties. 

Learn more about the position's duties and candidate qualifications.

Training & Certification Specialist

ACTFL is seeking a Training & Certification Specialist for its Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD). The Training & Certification Specialist acts as a key member of CARD and is involved in rater/tester training and certification for ACTFL assessments and takes part in special testing projects, quality assurance activities, and assessment research initiatives. Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to: managing complex certification process, managing annual training schedule, and recruiting testers and trainers.

Learn more about the position's duties and candidate qualifications.


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News In Brief

Volunteer with ACTFL: In the coming weeks, information about getting involved with ACTFL and volunteering will be posted on the Community. We look forward to sharing this information and to getting you more involved and engaged!

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Aug/Sept 2017 TLE Focus Topic Articles: Remember to send in your articles on Empowering Learners by May 1, 2017.

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