With the growing need for Hispanic
teachers in the public school system, Hispanic students need role models,
coaches, and mentors who can inspire and spark dreams of success and innovation.
LPL taps into the talents of the Hispanic community to develop qualified
teachers with a fluency in language, culture, and literacy.
The University of North Florida (UNF),
College of Education and Human Services provides a Language Proficiency Lab
(LPL) to enable candidates for
entry-level into the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) as part of the
State’s effort to address teacher shortages.
LPL is designed to prepare Hispanic
individuals interested in teaching with language and cultural proficiency in
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Candidates will learn to express
basic ideas with native-like control over the English language as well as know
the laws and cultural differences that make up the education in America.
LPL is meant to meet the need for more
teachers in the Hispanic community. It is designed to increase access into the
teaching profession for Hispanic professionals, increase diversity in Florida’s
teaching force, and positively impact the education and lives of Hispanic
This curriculum is designed for
candidates in the LPL program with Limited to Intermediate Academic English
Language Proficiency (LAEL). The course focuses on the acquisition of English
as a second language which requires the acquisition of linguistic structures
and vocabulary, in conjunction with proficiency in the four skill areas of
listening, speaking, reading and writing. Candidates will begin by learning to
express their basic needs and ideas and ultimately reach native like control of
their new language. The LPL candidates come with a wealth of linguistic and
cognitive skills thus facilitating the acquisition of a second language. In addition, candidates will be introduced to
the system of Education in America with emphasis on laws and the differences in
cultures that make up the pluralistic society of this nation.
The overall goal of LPL instruction
is the acquisition of linguistic and communicative competence. Focus will be
1. Language acquisition: through the 4 major skills of listening,
speaking, reading, and writing.
2. Linguistic competence:
emphasizing the control of English language structures.
3. Communicative competence: the
purposeful use of structures to express needs within a social context.
At the completion of the LPL course,
candidates will be able to:
1. Understand the grammatical
structure (S V O) of the English language compared to their own language.
2. Listen to native speakers,
presenters, different speeches, videos in English, to develop listening and
3. Process the language heard in
order to produce comprehensible output.
4. Write a letter, or a composition
using correct English spelling and structures.
5. Give a comprehensible oral report
in English related to their field of interest.
Lectures, roll-play, oral presentations, guest
speakers, classroom observation, shadowing of teachers, music, videos, panel
discussion ,debates, small groups, round table poster presentation and simulation
The OPI Test will be administered to
selected candidates at the level of low intermediate. This implies that
candidates have survival English and they can communicate orally at a low
intermediate level. For the writing part, we will administer a composition
based on a choice of prompts. Each candidate will have to choose one option.
This will be scored in a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best. One of the questions
for the test: “Why do you want to become a teacher?”
OPI will be the Pre- and Post-test
for LPL candidates.
As the demand for
proficiency testing expands in both the academic and professional communities,
the ACTFL Certified Testing Program, now in its 20th
year, continues to distinguish itself as the nation's most recognized and
The ten proficiency levels are:
Since the ACTFL OPI is an assessment of
functional speaking ability, independent of any specific curriculum, it is
irrelevant when, where, why and under what conditions the candidate acquired
his/her speaking ability in the language.
The ACTFL OPI takes
the form of a carefully structured conversation between a trained and certified
interviewer and the person whose speaking proficiency is
being assessed. The interview is interactive and continuously adapts to
the speaking abilities of the individual being tested. The topics that are
discussed during the interview are based on the interests and experiences of
the test candidate.
Through a series of
personalized questions, the interviewer elicits from the test candidate
examples of his or her ability
to handle the communication tasks specified for each level of proficiency in
order to establish a clear 'floor' and 'ceiling' of consistent functional
ability. Often candidates are asked to take part in a role-play. This task
provides the opportunity for linguistic functions not easily elicited through
the conversational format.
LPL Completers receive a
scholarship to attend the Educator Preparation Institute following the LPL
program. The EPI offers a ten-month combination of seven connected
instructional modules, field experiences, and mentoring. The expectation is for
LPL completers to continue on into the EPI program.
Programmatic components of the EPI are integrated in ways that provide
in-depth instruction and support to career changers as they prepare to become
highly qualified, committed teachers. The EPI
program addresses the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and the Florida
Department of Education professional competency testing requirements. Mastery
of competencies is demonstrated in K-12 classroom settings and
documented using state-approved formative and summative instrumentation.
Mentoring is provided for the duration of the program.
EPI completers are awarded a credential from
UNF’s College of Education and Human Services confirming completion of State
EPI requirements for professional certification and eligibility to apply for a
professional teaching certificate.
Betty Bennett, EPI Director
University of North Florida, 1 UNF
Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Fax: 904-620-1619, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Otilia Salmon, Instuctor
University of North Florida, 1UNF
Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Tel: 904-620-1842 email@example.com
Veronica Marquez, Asistente: firstname.lastname@example.org 904-242-6742 (en Española)
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