Professional Development

MOBILE Digital Storytelling Workshop

  • Presenter: Noah Geisel, 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year
  • Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: LARC Computer Lab, Storm Hall 204, SDSU Campus (View map and address)
  • Price: $70.00 Early Bird (Before 10/16) $80.00 Regular (deadline 11/4)

Workshop Description:
Language teachers…let's push the boundaries of digital storytelling! Technological advances combined with increased access and connectivity have given rise to Mobile Storytelling.  We will explore 5 free tools and take the time to dive deep with each so that you have expertise and exemplars to share with your learners tomorrow. Bring your mobile device. iOS mobile device recommended but not required. This workshop will be aligned with the “Common Core Standards”
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4-day Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Workshop, plus optional additional day with Dr. Mahdi Alosh (REDUCED PRICE!)

4-day OPI Workshop

  • Dates: November 15 - 18, 2015
  • Reduced Price: $400 early-bird (November 1), $440 regular (Deadline: November 8)
  • Location: San Diego State University Campus (View map and address)

Additional 1-day Workshop with Dr. Mahdi Alosh

  • Date: November 19, 2015
  • Reduced Price: $100 early-bird (November 1), $110 regular (Deadline: November 8)

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).

Additional 1-day Workshop Description:
In the additional day with Dr. Mahdi Alosh participants will spend the day:

  • learning about the design and implementation of a learner-centered language course at any level
  • learning how students develop higher-level language proficiency
  • reviewing a conceptual framework for language learning based on the ACTFL Guidelines
  • discussing objectives of a learner-centered language course
  • finding ways to obtain course content material
  • discussing empowerment of the language learner
  • exploring how learner assessment results may be handled

If you register for only the one-day workshop you must provide proof of participation in an OPI workshop within the last 4 years (electronic copy of completion certificate)

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.

For more information please contact LARC's OPI Training coordinator Chris Brown:
- Email:
- Phone: (619) 594-7131

Please address your checks to
San Diego State Research Foundation
and send it to:

Lamba Mohamad-Aziz
Language Acquisition Resource Center
5500 Campanile Drive
Storm Hall, Room 204
San Diego, CA 92182-8305

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