RIFLA Proficiency Institutes for Educators
For Current Teachers, Substitutes, Teacher Candidates, or Administrators

Please note: the RIFLA Proficiency Institutes have been postponed until the 2018-19 school year.

Improve/maintain your oral language proficiency in this collegial, non-threatening, semester-long program.


In order to encourage, support, and retain effective world language teachers, RIFLA designed this innovative semester-long program to provide oral proficiency development opportunities to our world language community. RIFLA runs the Proficiency Institutes annually with registration and pre-testing in Nov./Dec. and a 14-week program in the Spring (January-May). 

Reasons to Participate

  • Practice oral skills weekly with a peer-partner with similar oral proficiency.
  • Use as professional growth goal in your teacher’s evaluation and obtain a tangible sense of accomplishment.
  • Assess, demonstrate, and improve and/or maintain oral proficiency at nationally recognized levels.
  • Obtain certificate of completion from the RIFLA Oral Proficiency Institute.
  • Receive one-on-one feedback on your progress by highly qualified mentors.
  • Reach advanced mid proficiency in the OPIc and become a mentor.

Program Requirements

  • Register for the 14-week program and pay $25 for administrative fees to RIFLA.
  • Take initial OPIc test in November or early December. Discounted rate of $70.
  • Attend one general meeting in January with all other participants.
  • Meet with assigned peer-partner once a week for at least one hour, keep reflection journal (in target language) and complete the meetings chart provided.
  • Meet with assigned mentor at least twice during the program (beginning of February and April) who will provide feedback.
  • Take final OPIc test (end of April). Discounted rate of $70.
  • Attend RIFLA Spring Dinner to receive certificate of completion of Proficiency Institute. 


  • Be a current RIFLA member.
  • Be a current world language teacher, substitute teacher, teacher candidate, or administrator.

Do you have native or near-native proficiency in a target world language? Consider applying to be a mentor.  See the Mentor Eligibility Chart for details.

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