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Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Volunteer to participate in training interviews with English Language Programs instructors.

We are training some of our language instructors in the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Developed by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). We are pursuing certification in the OPI so that we can determine how and in what ways it might be used in our services in the future. Visit the ACTFL Site for more information about the OPI.

Participate In order to help complete our training and certification, we need volunteers who are willing to be interviewed in English. This provides great conversation and interview practice as well as some familiarity speaking assessments. To sign up as a volunteer, please use this form or contact us at 

Who? We need learners of all levels of proficiency, from total beginners to extremely fluent speakers with close to native-like proficiency.

Where? Interviews will be conducted over the phone. You do not need to be located in Evanston to participate.

What is the OPI? The OPI is an interview that includes a short role-play. Interviews take place in person or over the phone. The learner answers questions about himself or herself: interests, hobbies, and day-to-day life. Most learners find it to be fun and enjoyable.