Teacher candidates must meet Gateway 1 requirements before starting this gateway. For a complete list of requirements, visit the College of Education's website.
Student Teaching Applications are due one to one-and-a-half years before you plan to student teach in October of each year.
The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a phone interview administered by certified interviewers of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students are required to meet Advanced Low proficiency (or higher) on the OPI in order to student teach and must have met a minimum of Intermediate High before they can take LAN 319 and LAN 320. There is a 90-day waiting period between tests.
Before submitting the online form, you must first contact Stacy Bock or (309) 438-3604 to check on available dates. After checking with Stacy, register at the Language Testing International website. It is recommended that you do this at least three weeks in advance of your desired date. French/German/Spanish Ed majors will register for the regular ACTFL OPI, not the OPIc.
NOTE: During COVID-19 shelter in place, LTI will permit students to take the OPI from home. Be sure to click on "web-based testing" when filling out the application to take the OPI.
Ways you can prepare for your OPI:
Each Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LAN) teacher education student must upload a paper on a literary or cultural topic, written in the language that he or she wishes to teach. These papers may be midterm or final papers in a class taught by a LAN faculty member 300-level literature or culture class. Only on-campus instructors may evaluate papers in this way; students may not have study abroad instructors complete this rubric.
Each teacher education student need only submit one paper in this way over the course of their time at Illinois State, preferably one of the last literature or culture writing assignments before taking LAN 319 and 320. This requirement must be met before enrolling in LAN 319 and 320.
See Student Language, Literatures, and Cultures Rubric Instructions for more instructions about the writing assessment