As part of a college-wide assessment of foreign language programs, the College of LLL offers oral proficiency testing for all graduating BA majors in modern foreign languages for which an official ACTFL OPI (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview) is available. We encourage these majors to take the ACTFL OPI sometime during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Official certificates are issued to the participating students, which can be used for future academic/job applications. There is no cost to either the departments or students. To our knowledge, no other university offers official ACTFL OPI ratings to assess learning outcomes of all graduating BA majors in modern languages: we are the leader in this.
The following link provides information regarding ACTFL oral proficiency interviews for student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in a foreign language:
The testing procedure
The testing procedure differs depending on the language. No matter what the procedure, all OPIs are double-rated by professionals and officially certified by ACTFL. For Japanese BA majors, a certified in-house tester conducts face-to-face OPIs with the candidates and then sends the audio-recorded OPIs and ratings to ACTFL for a second rating. For Spanish BA majors a computer-based OPI is used, which elicits a 30-minute sample of ratable speech via the Internet. Finally, all other BA majors (Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Korean, and Russian) take a phone-mediated OPI with a certified tester.
- Results summary for students taking the OPI in Spring 2011 and Spring 2012 [.pdf]
- OPI results and background for Fall 2012 [.pdf]