Call for Registrations for March 19 Mellon Language Workshop

Posted on February 24, 2021

Participants will learn how to use ACTFL Can-Do statements to develop rubrics for evaluating student success in foreign languages.

Ohio Five announces its fifth online workshop for Ohio Five and OSU language faculty to provide hands-on demonstrations and expert consultation on common issues in integrating language and technology.  "Practical applications of the ACTFL Can-Do Statements in creating formative and summative classroom-based assessment" will be held via Zoom on Friday, March 19 from 4:30-6 pm, including 30-minute question and answer period.  The workshop is part of a multi-year Ohio Five language enrichment grant sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Led by Daniel Reed, Testing Director at Michigan State University’s English Language Center, the workshop offers faculty members strategies for assessment based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Can-Do Statements.  Dr. Reed described the workshop by commenting, "The main purpose of this workshop is to illustrate how teachers can use rubrics in conjunction with benchmark performances to evaluate student success in learning foreign languages.  In particular, participants will become familiar with the ACTFL Can-Do Statements and their applications to teacher-guided, learner self-assessment as well as to both formative and summative classroom assessment. Participants will learn how to design valid performance-based assessments that have the important features of being contextualized, authentic, task-based, and learner-centered.”

The workshop is limited to 20 participants who are full-time language faculty members at Ohio Five colleges and The Ohio State University. Participants who attend the full session will receive a $150 stipend funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Recordings of this and previous sessions are available on the Ohio Five website.

To register, please complete this registration form by Friday, March 7. Participants will receive a Zoom link and further instructions about the workshop with their confirmation.