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World Languages

Modified Oral Proficiency (MOPI) Training

**Registration for this training has closed.  Applications will be reviewed the week of 5/27/24 and applicants notified of their acceptance by May 31st.**

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages is sponsoring two-day Modified Oral Proficiency (MOPI) training for 10-12 world language educators in four regions of New York State in August of 2024.

Workshop Description:  This 2-day in-person MOPI Assessment Workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and techniques of administering and rating the OPI, including its applications in the language classroom. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews emphasizing the Novice and Intermediate proficiency levels and observe one facilitator led exemplar interview. Participation in an MOPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification (Novice Low – Intermediate High).

The purpose for offering these workshops is to support educators' ability to evaluate their students' interpersonal communication skills.  Participants will be expected to use what they learn in these workshops to support their own teaching, as well as that of others in a meaningful way (e.g., giving a presentation at a department meeting, leading a PLC to share what you learn, etc.)  These trainings, which are offered free of charge, will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm with a one-hour break for lunch on your own.  Because of the limited the number of spots, applicants must commit to attending both days from 8:30am to 4:30pm and specify how they will pass on what they learn to others.  In addition, there is a limit of one attendee per school district.  Fourteen (14) hours of CTLE credit will be offered following verification of attendance.  No credit will be given for partial attendance.  Attendees may choose to attend any single two-day workshop, regardless of the workshop location or where they teach.  Participation is limited to teachers of a world language other than English and world language-specific administrators (e.g., Director of World Languages) currently employed full-time in a NYS elementary, middle, or high school (district, charter, or non-public schools).

Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 24th.  Selected applicants will be notified by May 31st and will be asked to confirm their participation by June 15th.  A waiting list will be established should any of the selected applicants not be able to attend. 

Click here to download the workshop flyer.


  • Central NY:  Monday, August 5th - Tuesday, August 6th - OHM BOCES (110 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool, NY 13088)
  • New York City:  Monday, August 5th - Tuesday, August 6th - Fordham University - Bronx Campus (2691 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458)
  • Capital Region:  Thursday, August 8th - Friday, August 9th - Questar III BOCES (10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton-On-Hudson, NY  12033)
  • Western NY:  Thursday, August 8th - Friday, August 9th - Erie 1 BOCES (355 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY  14224)