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   Language Proficiency Testing Opportunity for LCTL Speakers
 From: Julia Ruane
 To: Language Educators
 Posted: 09-05-2017 17:16

ACTFL seeks language experts in the following languages to undergo training to become language proficiency testers: 

IMMEDIATE NEED: Chechen, Kashmiri, Quechua

Additional languages: Albanian, Danish, Dhivehi, Dutch, Estonian, Ewe, Finnish, Fula-Peul, Fula-Toucouleur, Icelandic, Kirundi, Kuwaiti, Lingala, Luganda, Malayalam, Mossi, Norwegian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovenian (Slovene), Swedish, Tibetan, Turkmen, Uighur

Qualification steps:

  • Native speaker of one of the languages listed above. Cultural familiarity with country/countries where this language is spoken.
  • Weekday availability to conduct telephone tests as needed weekdays 9am-5pm Eastern, totaling no more than 10 hours per month.
  • Willingness to undergo training and complete assignments to achieve certification as an ACTFL ILR OPI Tester.
  • Bachelor's degree (required), previous professional experience using the language (preferred). 

Please feel welcome to share this information with your qualified colleagues who are speakers of the above languages. 
For more information: please email to receive details and an application.

What is ILR? What is OPI?
ILR stands for Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR), which produces a set of guidelines used as a primary reference in government tests of language ability. The ILR Skill Level Descriptors are accepted by all federal agencies. More information about the ILR is available here.

OPI stands for Oral Proficency Interview, a nationally recognized measure of spoken language proficiency, conducted over the phone.

How do I become an ILR OPI Tester?
Apply and be accepted into the ILR OPI Tester Training program. Trainees will have the opportunity to conduct practice tests, receive feedback, and develop connections with other experienced testers and language experts. Training gives language experts invaluable experience with the U.S. Government's language proficiency guidelines, ILR, in your language of expertise. Please email to receive an application. 

Once I  certified as a tester, what will I do?

As an ILR OPI tester for ACTFL's testing office, you would be trained at no cost and certified as a tester, and then called upon to conduct telephonic testing as needed.  Once certified as a tester, the testing volume may be a few hours per month. Your main role will be conducting oral proficiency interview (OPI) testing in your language based on the ILR proficiency guidelines. 

Please note that ACTFL proficiency guidelines are distinct from ILR proficiency guidelines. 

Note: Candidates with current affiliation to the Defense Language Institute or those offering similar language testing services to other entities are not eligible.

Julia Ruane

Julia Ruane
Project Coordinator

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