2021 ACTFL Virtual Conference
Schedule of Events

'Meet The Exhibitors' Hours

Friday, November 19th

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Saturday, November 20th

2:40pm – 3:40pm

Sunday, November 21st

10:50am – 11:35am

Sessions Hosted by LTI & LUV

ACTFL Assessments: Features, Administration, and Data Reporting

Friday, November 19, 1:40 PM – 2:25 PM

 At Language Testing International, the exclusive provider of ACTFL language assessments, we pride ourselves in making the administration of our assessments an easy and smooth process. During this session, you will hear from LTI team members about the advanced features, easy administration, and powerful data reporting of ACTFL assessments. ACTFL Assessments can be used for student placement, monitoring progress in proficiency, and certifying language skills of students and instructors.

Presenters: Tiziana Aime, Jennifer Quinlan, Carlos Mercado, Leonardo Islas, LTI

Building Global Connections with Level Up Village

Saturday, November 20, 11:05 AM – 11:50 AM

 Level Up Village is launching two new programs to help students develop essential intercultural communication skills: Global Connections and Experiences. Through Global Connections, students connect with peers from around the world on a collaborative, cross-cultural exploration. Experiences take students on a virtual, immersive “excursion” to experience the cultures they are studying. Recorded Experiences can be followed by live video Q & A with our in-country hosts. The LUV team will demonstrate both and answer questions. 

Presenters: Scott Gravina, Jennifer Quinlan, Paula Van Ells, Level Up Village

Showcase Session: ACTFL Assessments for the Seal of Biliteracy

Saturday, November 20, 1:00 PM– 1:15 PM

 ACTFL assessments, administered by Language Testing International (LTI), are a valid and reliable means of testing and measuring students’ language abilities. They are an accepted measure and proof of proficiency recognized for the Seal of Biliteracy in 45 states. In this Showcase session, the LTI team will briefly discuss the Seal of Biliteracy and introduce ACTFL tests that can be used for students to demonstrate their proficiency and obtain the Seal in numerous commonly taught and less commonly taught and tested languages. The session will focus on the AAPPL, ALIRA, and the OPI & WPT for the Seal of Biliteracy. 

Presenters: Leonardo Islas, Carlos Mercado, Jennifer Quinlan, LTI

Other Sessions Involving ACTFL Assessments

Achieve Proficiency Targets by Designing Learning Progressions

Saturday, November 20: 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

How can we develop daily lessons to guide learners systematically towards the proficiency targets in instructional units? Build learner competence and confidence in using the target language by developing learning progressions. Design tasks with purposes requiring active listening, follow-up discussion, and increased elaboration and sophistication.

Presenter: Paul Sandrock, ACTFL

Using ACTFL Assessment Results for Curriculum Planning

Sunday, November 21: 11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

This session will demonstrate to participants how to apply assessment results from ACTFL tests for instructors to review their curricula and establish goals.

Presenters: Camelot Marshall, Margaret Malone, Reuben Vyn, ACTFL; Melinda Lindgren, Independent Contractor

K-12 Assessment Planning: An Enlightening and Cautionary Tale

On Demand

Participants will learn about Minnetonka’s K-12 assessment plan related to the Chinese and Spanish Language Immersion programs. Assessments discussed during this presentation are AAPPL, STAMP 4Se, STAMP 4S, IPA, YCT, and HSK Exams. The main purpose of the presentation is to share the lessons learned during the many years of implementation.

Presenter: Matt Rega, Minnetonka Public Schools

50 Shades of Grades: Assessing for Proficiency

On Demand

Is this for a grade? Sound familiar? Grade books should show that the point is not the points; the point is proficiency. Presenters will share assessments that motivate students to achieve more. Topics include assessing vs. grading, creating efficient student-friendly rubrics, and motivating students to participate and do homework without grades.

Presenter: Mercedes Koch, Deerfield High School

All Aboard! Setting a Pathway to Proficiency for the Department

On Demand

Proficiency in a second language is critical, yet many programs lack a comprehensive proficiency model of instruction and assessment. Attendees learn about how a large department is developing Language Roadmaps to set and assess proficiency benchmarks, while supporting instructor autonomy.

Presenter: Jean Philippe Peltier, United States Air Force Academy

All About Assessments: Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading, Oh My!

On Demand

This session will take a step by step look at why and what to assess, then answer with how. Including research and resources for creating standards-based assessments, learn to gather information to show what students ‘know and can do’, making instruction and assessments seamless.

Presenter: Emma Bricker

Improving World Language Programs Through Evaluation: Research and Use

On Demand

Program evaluation is essential to document language departments’ strengths and challenges, but conducting them requires professional development and technical knowledge. Attendees will learn about best practices for program evaluation and effective implementation practices based on educator focus groups and apply what they learn to their contexts.

Presenter: Margaret Malone, ACTFL

Sessions on the Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy: Research into Practice

Saturday, November 20: 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM

This session reviews the highlights of a national survey of teachers and administrators on the Seal of Biliteracy; results show that more effort is needed to ensure equitable implementation for English and World Language learners. We will discuss obstacles and suggest practical steps to promote equality for all students to earn the SEAL. 

Presenters: Christel Broady, TESOL International Association Board Member, Georgetown College, KY; Margaret Malone, ACTFL

A Framework for Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy

On Demand

This session provides research-based guidance on how to implement the Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) in an inclusive and equitable way. Using a four P’s framework, presenters discuss the purpose of the SoBL, types of programs that support multiliteracy, the partners who should be involved, and ways in which to promote the program. 

Presenter: Amy Heineke, Loyola University Chicago