ACTFL Writing Familiarization

Sponsored by Oakland Schools

About the ACTFL Facilitator: Helga Winkler

Helga Winkler is a Professor of Spanish at Moorpark College in Southern California. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the University of Texas in Austin and an equivalent to the Master’s Degree in Germany in Spanish, English and Physical Education. Over her 25-year career, she has taught courses in Spanish and Latin American Literature, civilization, all levels of Spanish language, and language methodology.

Professor Winkler is an ACTFL certified Oral and Writing Proficiency Tester and Facilitator. She has conducted numerous Oral and Writing Proficiency workshops, AAPPL test workshops, and workshops on the implications for instruction at elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country. She is a certified tester for the Government (ILR) scale in Spanish, German, and English.

“Learning about proficiency has transformed my teaching—it has shown me the difference of what students realistically can do as they learn a new language, versus what we think they should do because we have “covered” the material in class. Understanding the proficiency scale has given me insights on how to approach language teaching, what to expect, and how to make language teaching a sustainable and fun experience. For that reason I enjoy teaching Language Proficiency workshops, because not only do I have the opportunity to share these insights with my fellow instructors, but every single time I also gain new knowledge from the participants.”

Workshop Description

Intended as an introduction to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Writing, this workshop introduces participants to the major and minor level descriptors and the criteria for assigning a global writing proficiency rating. Participants explore a variety of writing tasks across levels of proficiency, evaluate language samples based on the criteria as described in the guidelines, and design appropriate writing activities and writing assessment prompts at the four major levels.

Workshop Agenda

Participants who attend this workshop will become familiar with

- The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines – Writing (Revised 2012)
- The ACTFL Rating Scale (Writing)

- Assessment Criteria for Writing

  • Follow up activities:
  1. Assessment Criteria Exercise
  2. What is the Level of the Prompts?
- Rating a Writing Sample

  • Follow up activity: Level of Prompt = Level of Response?
- Rating Practice and Group Debriefing
- Creating Writing Prompts and Group Debriefing
- Evaluation and Closing


• Tuesday, December 3, 2019


· 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Who should attend:

· World Languages teachers, department chairs and administrators


· Oakland County: $90 includes lunch and training materials

· Out of county: $110 includes lunch and training materials

SCECHs: Pending