Professional Development and Events


Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00 am-1:30 pm

Registration Deadline Extended: Thursday, April 13, 2017


San Diego State University

Storm Hall West, Auditorium, Room 12 (Google Maps)

- Parking in Structure 12 (included with registration, on request)


Reduced Price: $40 students and $80 community members/teachers

Includes: All sessions and plenaries, Breakfast, Lunch, Parking permit



Check or PO Payable to: SDSU Foundation

Send check to :
Language Acquisition Resource Center / SAILN
Attn: Alan Svidal
5500 Campanile Dr., SH 204
San Diego, CA 92182-8305


4-Day ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Workshop – June 2017

  • June 6-9, 2017
  • Location: San Diego State University Campus (View map and address)
  • Fee: $900 ACTFL Member: $800

4-day OPI Workshop Description:
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Assessment Workshop is a four-day professional development workshop designed to introduce language educators to the Oral Proficiency Interview, the ACTFL rating scale, and the techniques for conducting and rating oral proficiency interviews. In daily plenary presentations, participants address general concepts and strategies for oral proficiency testing. This information is then reinforced and practiced in language-specific break-out sessions by observing model interviews, participating in hands-on rating activities, and conducting and rating live practice interviews. These practice interviews and ratings are discussed and critiqued in the language-specific groups. Following the workshop, eligible participants may pursue Limited or Full OPI Tester Certification (must have Superior level proficiency to apply).

Workshop language options:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English/Mixed Languages
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

The price includes...
Light refreshments in the morning (muffins and coffee/tea), a box lunch each day, and parking on campus. The price does not include lodging or evening meals.

Important Links:

DLI Job Fair 2016

If you love teaching, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California may be the place for you!

SEEKING FLUENT SPEAKERS OF: Arabic, Levantine Dialect, French, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and English

  • DATE: Thursday, December 1st and Friday, December 2nd
  • TIME: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • LOCATION Storm Hall 212, Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC), San Diego State University (SDSU) (Map and Directions)

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree or higher college degree, Passion for teaching language and culture
WHAT TO BRING: Resume, Copy of college transcripts

Call: (831) 242-7880 or

LARC Startalk 2015 Teacher Training

  • Dates: June 15-26, 2015
  • Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Swahili

For more information and to apply visit the LARC Startalk Website

CAST Assessor Training

2 ½ day training to administer and rate CAST tests. One workshop per level (intermediate and advanced). Times to be arranged, onsite, online, or hybrid. Please contact Trevor Shanklin.

LARC Brown Bag Workshops

Ongoing, onsite just in time training
Times: Fridays, 12:00 -2:00 pm
Using prepared instruction sheets for the many classroom and development resources available at the LARC Language Labs (Insert brochure): Video editing with Adobe Premiere, SDL translation software, Creating a Story Map, Curriculum development with Articulate Storyline, Developing podcasts, Making a Kindle book, Managing a class on the LARC Moodle site, Creating and using BYKI vocabulary lists, Video conferencing in 205, Oral proficiency testing with CAST, Film creation with HD camcorder, Perfect recordings in LARC soundproof booth; Using Nearpod to flip the classroom; Enhancing interaction through tablets.

Passage Rating Workshop

  • 5 day workshop in intersession periods
  • Learn to choose texts and share activities according to ILR Proficiency Guidelines.
  • Winter dates will be announced shortly

Canceled – Summer Social Media and Language Teaching Workshop

Unfortunately the LARC Social Media and Language Teaching Workshop has been canceled. If you have any questions or concerns email Evan Rubin at