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Benefits of OPI Training

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The benefits to faculty of participation in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) workshop are many. ACTFL OPI Tester Training provides a valuable foundation for teachers in second language assessment, curriculum design, and instruction. Participation in the OPI Workshop helps teachers to understand the key principles of teaching and testing for proficiency.

By learning about the assessment method most widely used today in the U.S. for measuring speaking proficiency in a language, teachers are better prepared to determine the speaking abilities of their students, to design their own assessment tools, and to determine if students have reached specific benchmark levels as determined by individual districts or states. OPI training provides the framework for assessing Interpersonal and Presentational communication modes as described in Standards for Foreign Language Learning.

OPI training enables faculty to focus more carefully and with more of a critical eye on the placement of their students, adding the human dimension. Through the interviews, the students become more than language students ‑ they are viewed as complete human beings with personal and professional interests, likes and dislikes, and hopes for the future. OPI training serves as an additional method of measuring the quantity and the quality of the progress that students make in their academic programs.

OPI Tester Training is also the first step toward becoming an ACTFL certified tester. Certification as an ACTFL tester is recognition of an educator's ability to reliably administer and rate the ACTFL OPI. ACTFL certified testers conduct OPIs within their own academic institutions for internal purposes such as placement, graduation requirement, research, and program evaluation, and with the ACTFL Testing Office for external purposes. Certified ACTFL testers are a critical resource for academic programs throughout the U.S.

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