ACTFL Summer Institutes at UW-Madison

The Language Institute and Wisconsin Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) are pleased to host the 2019 ACTFL Proficiency and Performance Summer Institute on the UW-Madison campus. The institute consists of two workshops, the 4-day OPI Assessment Workshop and the 2-day Writing Proficiency Test Rater Training Workshop. Both workshops will take place at the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Four-Day OPI Assessment Workshop: June 3-6

This four-day workshop will introduce 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 will observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). Participation in this Full OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Full Certification.

Separate sections of the OPI workshop are planned for:

  • English for ELLs (English Language Learners)
  • Korean
  • Less Commonly Taught Languages/Mixed Languages
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Fee: $950 (Early bird)/$975 (Regular). ACTFL member: $850 (Early bird)/$875 (Regular)

Register for the workshop directly with ACTFL unless you are receiving a Language Institute scholarship


Writing Proficiency Test Rater Training Workshop 

The Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) Rater Training Workshop will introduce participants to the ACTFL Writing Scale and the protocol for rating the ACTFLWPT at all levels of proficiency. Participants will become familiar with the assessment criteria for writing, the structure of the WPT, and will gain practice in applying the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012Writing to the rating of samples in their target language (if available). Following the workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for Full WPT Rater certification. This workshop is for English/Mixed Languages.

Fee: $500 (Early bird)/$525 (Regular). ACTFL Member: $400 (Early bird)/$425 (Regular)

Register for the workshop directly with ACTFL unless you are receiving a Language Institute scholarship.


Funding for UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff

The Language Institute is very happy to be able to fully cover the cost of registration for both the OPI and WPT workshops for a limited number of UW-Madison participants. Faculty, instructional academic staff, and graduate teaching assistants are eligible to apply.

To apply, fill out the short online application by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 1.

Receiving this Language Institute funding will guarantee you a spot in the workshop.

Evaluation criteria for the Language Institute funding:

Applications will be reviewed by a committee, which will consider the following in making decisions on awards:

  • Number of available spots available per language section (OPI workshop)
  • Need for professional development support (with priority consideration given to proposals from individuals who do not have access to other forms of funding to participate in the workshop)
  • Potential for impact (for your work, your program, and/or the university)