L Thompson: Web-based Oral Proficiency Assessment Training Course for Chinese Teachers (I12)

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This joint ACTFL/CAL session introduces two exciting online training resources: ACTFL’s online
professional development component on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale, National Standards and
Performance Guidelines for K–12 Learners; and the CAL Web-based Oral Proficiency Assessment
training course for Chinese teachers (WOPA-C). ACTFL’s CEU-bearing professional development
component supports standards-based instruction and assessment in the classroom and provides
an intellectual framework for the AAPPL (ACTFL Assessment for Performance and Proficiency
of Languages), a media-rich, highly realistic assessment of the four skills across three modes of
communication. The WOPA-C includes assessment resources, rubrics for Chinese, and training in
how to administer and rate two oral proficiency assessments, ELLOPA (Early Language Listening
and Oral Proficiency Assessment) and SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment).

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L Thompson: Web-based Oral Proficiency Assessment Training Course for Chinese Teachers (I12)

  1. 1. Web-based Oral Proficiency Assessment Training Course for Chinese Teachers Lynn Thompson and Na Liu
  2. 2. WOPA-C <ul><li>What was the impetus? </li></ul><ul><li>Tremendous growth in Chinese Language Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Need for tools to track oral proficiency development </li></ul><ul><li>Need for resources and materials specifically designed to meet the needs of Chinese programs </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Education Title VI Grant opportunity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goals of WOPA-C <ul><li>Refine Oral proficiency and listening comprehension assessment rubrics for Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Provide tools for K-8 teachers of Chinese to improve their ability to assess students’ oral proficiency and listening comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to ELLOPA and SOPA training </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance Chinese language instruction </li></ul>
  4. 4. What has been the result? <ul><li>The WOPA-C includes: </li></ul><ul><li>rubrics for Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>training in how to administer and rate the proficiency assessments, ELLOPA and SOPA </li></ul><ul><li>resources for further exploration of assessment </li></ul>
  5. 5. Year 1 <ul><li>Refining of Rating Rubrics and support materials </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting Interview samples at all proficiency levels </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying of assessment resources </li></ul><ul><li>Designing online course </li></ul><ul><li>Revision of design and initial modules with input from external reviewer </li></ul>
  6. 6. Year 2 <ul><li>Pilot of 4 out of 8 modules with Chinese language educators </li></ul><ul><li>Revision of the modules based on feedback from participants </li></ul><ul><li>Field-testing of all 8 modules </li></ul><ul><li>Final revisions based on feedback from internal and external reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Launch course in Fall, 2011 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Let’s take a look at the WOPA-C <ul><li>Special Course Features </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Proficiency Assessment training </li></ul><ul><li>Rating oral proficiency and listening comprehension of Chinese learners </li></ul>
  8. 8. For more information <ul><li>Complete a CAL News card so we can contact you or: </li></ul><ul><li>Email Lynn Thompson [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Email Na Liu [email_address] </li></ul>

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