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Through the Southern Oregon Foreign Language Articulation (SOFLA) project and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Southern Oregon University, high school seniors may obtain Southern Oregon University foreign language credit through the SOFLA Foreign Language Proficiency Program.

Only approved schools and teachers are allowed to participate in the program. Participating students must be high school seniors enrolled in an advanced (third, fourth or fifth year) high school language program, successfully pass an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) administered by a certified ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) tester, and demonstrate writing proficiency through the SOFLA writing proficiency exam.

The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a standardized procedure for the global assessment of functional speaking ability. The ACTFL OPI is "currently used worldwide by academic institutions, government agencies, and private corporations for purposes such as: academic placement, student assessment, program evaluation, professional certification, hiring and promotional qualification. The ACTFL OPI is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the awarding of college credit" (See ACTFL web page, at http://www.actfl.org)

In addition to the ACTFL OPI, students must complete a writing assessment. The SOFLA writing assessment is an instrument for measuring writing proficiency based on ACTFL Writing Proficiency standards. The instrument was developed at Southern Oregon University in conjunction with the Southern Oregon Foreign Language Articulation project. Students successfully completing the program will be awarded the following quarter hour credits:

  • ACTFL Novice High equivalent scores in both speaking and writing - 101, 102; (8 credits)
  • ACTFL Intermediate Low equivalent scores in both speaking and writing - 101, 102, 103; (12 credits)
  • ACTFL Intermediate Mid equivalent scores in both speaking and writing - 101, 102, 103, 201, 202 (20 credits)

Students who plan to enroll at SOU, and who place at the Intermediate Mid level on both assessments, may receive additional credit for 203 upon recommendation of their high school teacher and upon successful completion of a 300 level class at Southern Oregon University.

For more information, or to participate in the program, contact Dr. Daniel Morris at morris@sou.edu.