American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language
TLC and ACTFL are proud to support the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy by offering the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in 21 less commonly taught languages including:
Albanian, Amharic, Bengali/Bangla, Bosnian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Dari, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba.
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for the Seal of Biliteracy
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for the Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL) assesses how well a person speaks a language. It is a telephonic assessment of the interpersonal listening and speaking communication mode. It is a 20 to 25-minute one-on-one interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. It is interactive, continuously adapting to each test-taker and their speaking abilities. The speaker’s language ability is compared to the criteria outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking, and then a proficiency rating is awarded.
ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for the Seal of Biliteracy
The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for the Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL) is an assessment of functional typing ability in a language. WPT tasks address the presentational and interpersonal modes of communication. It measures how well a person spontaneously writes in a language (without access to revisions and/or editing tools) by comparing his/her performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Writing.
TLC and ACTFL are proud to support the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy by offering the ACTFL APPL proficiency test. The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is a web-based proficiency and performance assessment of K-12 standards-based language learning. It assesses tasks across the three modes of communication as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Test takers perform tasks such as participating in a virtual video chat, creating wikis, and e-mailing to demonstrate language ability. AAPPL tasks are informed by the functions described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and ratings are assigned according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. Score reports identify a proficiency range along with pinpointing a narrower performance score.
AAPPL is available in Arabic, Chinese, English/ESOL, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.
AAPPL is typically appropriate for grades 5 – 12. When ordering AAPPL, selection of test forms should be based on two criteria: grade level of students and proficiency target for the course. Form A targets the novice and intermediate proficiency ranges. Form B targets the intermediate proficiency range up to Advanced Low.
TLC administers spoken and written proficiency tests on behalf of ALTA Language Services.
The spoken test is taken over the phone with a trained evaluator and lasts up to 30 minutes. Once the tester’s identity has been confirmed, the evaluator will proceed with the test questions over the phone. Test questions will be about a variety of general topics, for example: routine actions, stating a preference, describing pat or future situations, discussing a course of action, or defending one’s opinion. The test allows you to provide numerous samples of your speaking ability in the target langauge.
For test-taking tips, please review the example listed for the general test.
The handwritten test is composed of 5 short essay questions that the candidate has up to 60 minutes to complete. ALTA’s writing proficiency test involves pools of prompts designed to elicit writing samples in a variety of styles and forms. Research has shown that lower-level candidates perform better on writing tests when given a number of short writing tasks and prompts, whereas higher-level candidates are able to adapt their skills to tasks of different difficulties and lengths. ALTA’s test ensures that candidates at all levels are able to demonstrate their skills in several writing samples. Scores are based on the organization and expression of ideas, quality and style of sentences, grammar and spelling, and more.
To see a sample of this test, please review our writing practice test. The practice test is written in English, but actual test prompts will be written in the target language selected for the test taker.
TN Language Center
The Tennessee Language Center (formerly TFLI), an agency of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service established in 2018, is dedicated to responsive service of the public sector, the business community and private citizens in realizing their intercultural communication goals.