for preparation for the OPI:
are reminded that competence in the language is not simply a matter
of sitting in classes and therefore students are expected to be
proactive in finding meaningful ways to improve their skills outside
of classes on a regular basis.
further information about the OPI, please visit:
at the Foreign Service Institute documented that motivated adult
language learners typically required at least 240
intensive language instruction to move their OPI ratings from
Intermediate-High to Advanced-Low. [Liskin-Gasparro, J.E. (1982).
Oral Proficiency Testing Manual.
Princeton, N.J. Educational Testing Service.]
are urged to spend at least one semester in a country in which the
target language is spoken, such as participation in a structured
study abroad program.
OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) policies and procedures
service is provided free of charge to Oakland University students
are three dates in the academic year to do the interview (below).
The average time of an interview is half an hour. Please plan
student must register at least three weeks prior to each of the
dates designated for the interviews. For example, if the date the
student wants to register for is September 17, then the student must
register no later than 27 of August.
order to register, please, click here, and fill out all the fields
in the registration form.
can only register for one interview at a time. For example, to
register for a second interview, the student must have done the
first interview prior to the second registration.
requiring a retest must wait 90 days before retaking it. Please plan
interviewers are ACTFL/OPI trained but not certified. If the student
needs a certified result, then he or she must contact ACTFL. This is a non-official OPI, the interviewers are ACTFL trained but not certified.
average waiting period for the result of the OPI is two weeks. The
students shall be notified via email and they can pick up the
document with the result in the Office of the Department of Modern
Languages and Literatures, O’Dowd, 372.