LINGUIST List 30.1290

Thu Mar 21 2019

FYI: ACTFL OPI Tester Paid Opportunity

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Date: 18-Mar-2019
From: Celia Zamora <>
Subject: ACTFL OPI Tester Paid Opportunity
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The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is providing a tester training for native critical language speakers in late March (online) and April 10-14 (in-person in Alexandria, Virginia). Testers will be trained at no cost by ACTFL to administer and rate oral proficiency interviews (OPIs) according to the ILR scale. Once certified, testers will be called upon to conduct remote telephonic testing as needed (generally a few hours each month; no travel required). Trainees are paid for completing all training steps (they will receive a $500 honorarium for attending the training), reimbursed for travel to and from the in-person training, as well as be paid per test they conduct when certified as a tester.

The link to learn more about the training and submit an application is here: The following is more information regarding the qualifications for the position:

Be a Native speaker of one of the languages listed below. Cultural familiarity with country/countries where this language is spoken.

Online coursework: late March 2019

In person workshop: April 10-14 : Arabic-Sudanese, Ilocano, Kashmiri, Kirghiz, Lao, Mandingo-Malinke, Pashto-Peshawari, Tigrinya.

Weekday availability to test during weekdays from 9am-5pm Eastern Time, as needed, totaling 10 hours per week (higher demanded languages) or 10 hours per month (lower demand).
Access to a landline phone on which to conduct testing (for lower demand languages, cell phone is acceptable on a case-by-case basis).
Complete tester certification coursework
Online (self-guided)
Online (synchronous with trainer)
In-person in Alexandria, VA (3-4 days). All travel and accommodation costs to attend the training are paid on your behalf.
Complete assignments: a pre-workshop and post-workshop assignment to demonstrate mastery of concepts, practice interviews, and a final evaluation from ACTFL’s ILR review board/trainers.

Please feel welcome to forward this message to native speakers of the aforementioned languages who may also be interested. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide further information.


Celia Chomón Zamora, Ph.D.
ACTFL Consultant

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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