Japanese language teaching candidates must demonstrate Intermediate High proficiency to be recommended for licensure.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) describes the proficiency levels using guidelines and samples including videos of speakers performing at different levels. The requirement is so that teachers will be able to help students according to the new student learning standards. ACTFL has a more in-depth explanation for why Japanese candidates must achieve Intermediate High proficiency.
You will need to take the exam upon acceptance into the licensure program. Review the information below, and meet with your advisor before taking the exam.
The first exam will be internal. If you reach Intermediate High at the first exam, you can request the Academic Institutional Upgrade (Question #6 Option 2).
If you do not achieve the minimum language proficiency the first time you take the test, you together with your advisor will devise a plan for achieving minimum proficiency before student teaching.
You can take the second exam through LTI. Once you are ready to take your OPI or OPIc again please contact the ALTEC Resource Coordinator (Rebecca Allison: firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-492-8224), who will serve as proctor for the exam.