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Eric Kartchner

Eric Kartchner is an associate professor of Spanish and serves as the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Georgia Southern University. He received a bachelor's degree from Weber State University with majors in French and Spanish and a minor in Philosophy. His master's degree comes from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied Spanish Literature and Hispanic Linguistics. He obtained his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington, in Hispanic Literature with minors in Hispanic Linguistics and Comparative Literature. Dr. Kartchner taught at Brigham Young University, the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, and Colorado State University, Pueblo before accepting his current position at Georgia Southern.

He enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses in language, literature, and linguistics. His research interests are also diverse but tend to focus primarily on Spanish literature of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Dr. Kartchner is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview Tester and Tester Trainer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this role he provides proficiency training to language instructors in K-12 school districts and in university foreign language departments around the country.

Karl F. Otto, Jr.

Karl F. Otto, Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). Since taking early retirement in 2002, he has held short-term appointments at Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg PA) and Cornell University (Ithaca NY). Author of many studies dealing with German Baroque Literature, Otto has strong secondary interests in bibliographical work, language pedagogy, and second language acquisition. He has been actively involved with the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages’ Oral Proficiency Interview since 1983; he is currently both a tester and trainer for English and German, in the typical ACTFL OPI protocol and in the ACTFL-ILR protocol.

He has been rating and training with the computerized proficiency interview (OPIc) since its inception. He has trained as well for CAL in the SOPI protocol. Otto also has considerable experience with the AP exam (six years on the Test Development Committee for German and twenty years as an AP reader for German). If you’d like to know what oral proficiency is all about, why not come and learn from the master!

Susann Davis

Susann Davis and Karl Otto will facilitate the writing of proficiency-based assessments on day 3 of the MOPI workshop. Susann Davis earned her M.A in Spanish at Auburn University in 1998. She has taught beginning and intermediate Spanish at Western Kentucky since 1999. She also advises over 170 language majors for the Department of Modern Languages at Western Kentucky University. Ms. Davis has received prestigious Faculty Awards for Excellence in the Potter College of Arts and Letters at WKU, for Advising in 2006, and for Teaching in 2012.

Ms. Davis is a leader in the field of World Languages instruction, having served as President of the Kentucky World Languages Association from 2008-2010, and continuing her leadership activity as the current Past-President of KWLA. She has presented her innovative approaches to proficiency-based instruction at state, regional and national conferences such as KWLA, SCOLT, and ACTFL. In August 2011, she was a participant in a 4-day OPI workshop at Western Kentucky University. For the past two years, Ms. Davis has collaborated with other leaders in World Languages in Kentucky to transform the "State Language Festival" into the proficiency-based "Kentucky World Language Showcase," to be held May 19, 2012.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14