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Wednesday, June 25th & Thursday, June 26th 2003

An NCLRC Summer Institute Designed for Language Educators in K-12 and Higher Education.

Location: The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Washington, D.C.

Institute Goals: Participants will learn about general concepts of oral proficiency, review principles of oral proficiency rating on an oral proficiency test and understand basic concepts of the four major proficiency levels according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking (1999). Participants will also develop classroom-based tasks for individual classroom settings.

The workshop: Participants will use multimedia software produced by the presenters to provide training in rating oral proficiency. Activities will be based on tasks taken from the Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI). Participants will first become familiar with the test tasks. Then, participants will be trained to understand and apply the recently revised ACTFL Guidelines for speaking to evaluate student speech in a foreign language by listening to a variety of speech samples at different levels. The workshop will alternate between presentation and hands-on practice.

Participants will go home with: Participants will come away with an improved understanding of principles of oral proficiency, the basic levels on which oral proficiency is assessed and knowledge of how to apply skills in the classroom.

Lead Instructors: Alicia Rasmussen (MA, Columbia University) joined CAL's Language Testing Division in January 2003 as a Research Assistant. Ms. Rasmussen has taught Spanish in New York State public and private schools.

As Senior Testing Associate, Margaret E. Malone (Ph.D., Georgetown University) directs technology-mediated oral proficiency projects at CAL. Dr. Malone has directed language testing for Peace Corps-Worldwide and taught language testing and teaching methods at American and Georgetown Universities.

Schedule: Morning Session: 9:00-12:00 Lunch: 12:00-1:15 Afternoon Session: 1:15-4:00

Fee: $150.00 for registration and materials. Fee excludes room and board. We will provide you with information on a range of housing options.

Registration Deadline: Mon. June 16, 2003

Professional Development Points: Most school districts award professional development points towards recertification for participation. Check with your school or local administration.

For more information, call (202) 973-1086 or E-mail:

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