OPI Workshop for language instructors
Seven GSL lecturers participated in an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Training Workshop held from May 26 to May 29. The intensive workshop, conducted by a trainer from Harvard University's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, trains attendees to rate foreign language speakers according to criteria developed by the American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels. They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Participation in this workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Full Certification. Attendees reported that it was a great team-building experience and a highly valuable learning and professional-development opportunity.