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49 Antietam St, Devens, MA 01434    (978) 772-3293    (978) 772-3295

ACTFL Workshops


All practice interviews will be conducted in Spanish with Spanish students.

This two-day 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 live practice interviews at Novice and Intermediate proficiency levels. Participation in a MOPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification. We recommend this workshop only for people who can understand Spanish at least up to the intermediate level.


8:30-9:30 PLENARY I PART I: Introduction and Overview Introduction to the OPI, Rating Scale, Rating Criteria

9:30-10:00 PLENARY I PART II: Sub-levels

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 View Recorded Interviews Rating and Discussion

11:00-12:00 View Recorded Interviews

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 PLENARY II: OPI Structure and Elicitation Techniques

2:00-2:20 Practice Warm-up Warm up Exercise

2:20-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Focus on Elicitation Matching Question to Level of Task Developing Topics within a Level and Across Level

3:30-4:30 Practice Interviews and Discussion (3:30 & 4:00)
(Intermediate Low/Intermediate Mid)



8:30-9:30 View Recorded Interviews Rating and Discussion Use Interview Review Grids

9:30-10:00 Practice Interviews and discussion (Novice Mid/Novice High)
Use Interview Review Grids

10:00-10:30 Practice Interviews and discussion (Novice Mid/Novice High)
Use Interview Review Grids

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:15 Practice Interview and Discussion (Novice High/Intermediate Low)
Use Interview Review Grids

11:15-12:00 Practice Interview and Discussion (Intermediate Low/Mid) Use Interview Review Grids

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Practice Interviews and Discussion (2 interviews at 1:00 and 1:45) (Intermediate Mid/High) Use Interview Review Grids

 2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30 PLENARY III: Implications and Applications

3:30-4:30 The OPI and Classroom/Curricular Assessments (Work in small groups or pairs to develop materials appropriate for participants’ use after the workshop) Topics and Tasks for your Classroom or Curriculum (Novice and Intermediate) (Brainstorming in pairs or small groups about what topics/tasks work for the specific contexts of the participants. Develop material appropriate for post-workshop use) Recap, Questions Workshop Evaluation



This one-day workshop focuses how to approach grammar from a functional, proficiency-oriented perspective.  After exploring a framework for addressing grammar functionally, participants will be guided through hands-on activities to evaluate their existing materials, rethink the treatment of grammar inside individual courses and across the curriculum, and design activities intended to help student acquire grammatical structures at various levels of proficiency.  The workshop can be customized to meet the overall goals of your program, faculty and students.

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:00 Review of Proficiency Levels, Main Characteristics and Assessment Criteria

10:00-1030 Focus on “functional grammar,” role of textbook and current instructional materials

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Work in language-specific groups: Current approach, materials, goals and challenges

11:45-12:00 Small groups report back to the full group

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Teaching and Testing for Various Degrees of Control: Conceptual, Partial, Full Strategies for practicing and spiraling important grammar structures inside of linguistic functions and expanding content domains

2:00-2:30 Assessing “grammar” and structural control

 2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Setting realistic expectations and designing proficiency-oriented activities: Working in language-specific groups

3:45-4:30 Small groups report back and full group discussion

4:30 Recap, Questions Workshop Evaluations

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