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Language by Video:
An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for Children

Meeting the needs of educators working with language learners in Grades K–8

Student Oral Proficiency Assessment
for Grades 2-8

Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment
for Grades PreK-2

Teacher and students looking at globeThe SOPA or ELLOPA interviews are innovative language proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension.

These interactive listening and speaking assessments are designed for children who are learning a foreign language in a school setting.

They include hands-on activities and are conducted entirely in the foreign language. Students are assessed in pairs by two trained test administrators and, during the activities or tasks, are encouraged to interact with each other as well as with the interviewers. The focus of the interview is to determine what the students can do with the language.

Available Languages

Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Professional Development: SOPA, ELLOPA, and COPE Workshops

Three women working togetherCAL offers workshops and trainings to schools and school districts in the effective use of our assessments and we can work with you to create a professional development plan that meets your unique requirements.

Learn more about our professional development workshops.

An important note about rating: Rating accuracy is a critical component of any assessment. Email CAL to learn more about CALís rater verification services.

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Online training courses teach participants how to administer the SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) or the ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).

Registration is open for select SOPA/ELLOPA courses.

Learn more about our online training courses.

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