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ACTFL 2006

November 16 - 19, 2006
Nashville, TN

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Effects of Study Abroad Program Features on Oral Proficiency
This paper reported the results of a study assessing the relationship between different types of study abroad experiences and oral proficiency gain of learners of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish (N=1090). Fluency, accuracy, and syntactic complexity of student performance are analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively.
Presenters included Margaret E. Malone

Building Children’s Biliteracy
How is the process of learning to read and write in two languages? How can you support biliteracy in your teaching practice? The four experts in this panel shared with participants concepts about phonemic awareness, letter sound, writing systems, cultural conventions, and “best practice” to support emergent biliteracy. Presenters included Dora Johnson, CAL and NCLRC

Advances in Computer-Delivered Oral Proficiency Assessment
This session highlighted the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument, a computer-delivered oral proficiency assessment in Spanish and Arabic for high school and postsecondary students. The presentation focused on task revision and improvement strategies based on student and rater feedback. Participants learned about test development processes and approaches for task improvement. Christina Cavella, Margaret E. Malone, and Larry D. Thomas

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Heritage Language Programs: Strengths and Challenges
Panelists gave an overview of the programs in the heritage languages program collection ( and profiled three program types: Spanish for Spanish Speakers, heritage Chinese, and Native American. Presentations highlighted the scope of heritage language programs, the challenges they face, and resources they have tapped to reach their goals.
Presenters included Joy Kreeft Peyton

Arabic K-12: Schools, Curricula and Materials
Who is teaching Arabic in the U.S.? Where? What materials are used? What is being developed? Where and how are teahers being prepared? What resources are available? This presentation provided up-to-date information on Arabic K-12 in the U.S.: what exists, what is under development, and what is needed.
Presenters included Dora Johnson, CAL and NCLRC

Improving Assessment Literacy: An Online Guide to Test Selection (poster session)
Which language tests are available and what criteria should be used to choose one? This poster introduced the Center for Applied Linguistics’ updated Foreign Language Test Database, comprising tests in 63 languages for students from kindergarten to university, and reported on a pilot of the integrated online test selection tutorial.
David MacGregor and Meg Montee

ACTFL Assessment for Performance and Proficiency of Languages: Progress Update
This session provided an overview of the ACTFL Assessment for Performance and Proficiency of Languages (AAPPL) project that will provide a prototype standards-based assessment for K-16. The presenters shared information acquired from a needs assessment survey conducted with ACTFL members as well as ongoing efforts to catalog existing tests and assessments.
Presenters include Margaret E. Malone

Innovations in Early Language Learning Assessment: An Update
Two collaborative assessment projects were described: 1) National Online Elementary Language Learning Assessment (NOELLA) for early language learners in interpretive reading and listening, and presentational writing and speaking (Wyoming, CASLS, CAL); 2) a web-based familiarization course on Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) interviewing and rating procedures (CAL, NFLRC).
Presenters included Nancy Rhodes and Lynn Thompson

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Effects of Study Abroad on Narrative Ability and Pragmatic Competence
These papers assessed the effects of study abroad on acquisition of narrative ability and pragmatic competence in Spanish (N=120). The relation of program duration, language of content courses, type of student housing and amount of contact with native speakers to these aspects of communicative competence is measured.
Colleen Gallagher

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