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Congratulations Ms. Reiter on Your ACTFL Certification

Yingying Reiter, the 4/5 Mandarin teacher at VAIS, was recently certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester. The certification is ACTFL OPI Tester of Chinese with Full Certification, which "requires a candidate be able to demonstrate a speaking proficiency of Superior. This certification will allow you to rate interviews officially from Novice to Superior." 


ACTFL standards and its OPI Tests are nationwide and authoritative. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) sets standards for nationwide academic institutions and language teachers. The ACTFL Certified OPI Testers can "conduct OPIs within their own academic institutions for internal purposes such as placement, graduation requirement, research, and program evaluation" as well as "assist with setting program goals and evaluation program outcomes." In other words, all world language teachers and academic institutions are required to follow ACTFL standards. For example, Wisconsin DPI requires world language teacher candidates to take the ACTFL OPI tests to be certified to be world language teachers. Additionally, the STAMP tests used in our school district follow the ACTFL standards.


The ACTFL OPI Tester certification is time-consuming and hard to achieve with a low pass rate. Ms. Reiter shared, “It took me almost 3 years to complete and pass. All of the Mandarin teachers in our school district attended the national ACTFL OPI workshop in June 2009, and I'm the only one who completed all of the certification phases with Full OPI Certification. Thank you so much for being supportive all of the time!”