Candidates in Adolescence Education with a French, German, or Spanish concentration must successfully complete the official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the Advanced Low level or higher. The official OPI is an oral language proficiency test administered through Language Testing International (LTI) and evaluated by raters who are certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The OPI measures how well someone speaks the target language tested as per the criteria described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking. (See pages 4 - 9 of attachment for full descriptions of each oral proficiency level and sub-level.)
Candidates should be intentional in their preparation for the OPI over the course of their program. Below you will find the Oral Proficiency Action Plan that is to be completed with your advisor and that is intended to guide you through this process. In addition, the document, Oral Proficiency Development Strategies, offers suggested approaches for proficiency development.
Candidates can choose from two OPI delivery options: a computer-delivered interview called the OPIc with oral prompts given by an on-screen avatar or a live telephone interview with an ACTFL certified rater.
Undergraduate candidates should take the OPI by the start of the semester just prior to student teaching. Applicants for the Masters of Science in Teaching (MST) Adolescence Modern Language program must successfully complete the OPI as criteria for admission.
Additional information about the OPI, the OPIc, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking, and the scheduling process can be found in the links and attachments below. Please note that you cannot complete registration for the OPI / OPIc without a proctor's formal agreement.
To see how the OPIc works, visit this link: http://opicdemo.actfltesting.org/
To read proficiency descriptors and view sample OPI interviews with speakers of different levels of oral proficiency in different languages, go to: http://actflproficiencyguidelines2012.org/, click on English (or another language) in the sidebar, and then click on the Speaking tab.
For a set of practice modules in Spanish, click here. These two-part modules--created by COERLL at the University of Texas at Austin--allow you to analyze speech at multiple levels of proficiency and to practice responding. An review of these modules can be found at this Musicuentos blog post.