Important

Please note that Oregon State University and University of Oregon will no longer accept foreign language proficiency credits from Southern Oregon University. All other Oregon Public Universities will continue to accept these credits but we strongly recommend that students in the program contact the school(s) they are applying to confirm the credits they earn through this program will be accepted. Please see "Transferability" section below for more details.

Application form (desktop/laptop version or mobile option) and non-refundable application fee of $25 due March 4, 2019.

  • Pay by cash or check as follows:

           Hand deliver cash or checks to either:

  • SOU Outreach & Engagement/Youth Programs, 1388 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland (next to Omar's)
  • RCC-SOU Higher Education Center -  101 S. Bartlett Street, Suite 102, (to the right of Welcome Desk thru glass door), Medford

Mail (checks only) to:   

            Southern Oregon University - Youth Programs
            1250 Siskiyou Blvd
            Ashland, OR 97520

The Southern Oregon Foreign Language Articulation (SOFLA) Project, allowing advanced high school students to earn university credit by demonstrating appropriate language proficiency, is underway!  Last year, nearly 70 students in the region received SOU credit through the program.

The program consists of three steps:

  1. Student completes a Student Application form and pays $25 to SOU, by March 4, 2019.
  2. Student takes the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), OR the ACTFL Oral Proficiency by Computer Interview (OPIc) by April 5, 2019. Fees are $139 for OPI and $70 for OPIc, payable to Language Testing International. Note: Students may need to pay an additional $20 proctor fee for the OPI. 
  3. Student registers and pays $340 to SOU by May 3, 2019, for a written proficiency exam at SOU (to be held May 15, 2019).

The student should check with his/her higher education institution to verify that Pass/No Pass credits will be accepted as transfer credits.  The grade of “P” on an SOU transcript is equivalent to the grade of “C” or better.

Students begin by completing the online Student Application form above. 

Students must complete an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) OR the Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) prior to April 5, 2019.   Teachers or students must contact ACTFL to schedule the OPI interviews by calling 1-800-486-8444.  The OPI test fee is $139. Students may need to pay an additional $20 proctor fee for the OPI. The OPIc test fee is $70. Although the OPIc is considerably cheaper, students interact with a computer avatar in the OPIc rather than a live person. Some students find it more difficult to test well in this format. Students are responsible for all costs.  When arranging for either test, please indicate that you want the test results sent to Southern Oregon University.

Individual Interviews

The individual OPI is normally a phone interview.  Students may schedule an individual OPI with ACTFL by registering online: www.languagetesting.com  If you have questions please email Viviene Allen vallen@languagetesting.com or Joyce Raum jraum@languagetesting.com

In-Person/Group Interviews

If there are more than 8 students testing in one language, ACTFL may be able to arrange for in-person interviews.  Teachers must arrange in-person/group interviews by emailing Diane Archer – diane.archer@languagetesting.com.

Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer

The online Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc) is done on a computer, requires a headset and microphone, and uses a computer avatar to ask the students questions. Students may register and take the OPIc online at: http://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-computer-opic.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that SOU Foreign Language receives a copy of the official OPI rating following either test. 

Written Exam

After the SOU Foreign Language department receives the results of the OPI, students will be sent a registration form to move onto the next step, the written test. Students who have completed the registration for credit application and submitted the fee of $340 by May 3, 2019, will take the SOFLA writing assessment on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  After the writing assessments are scored, the appropriate credits will be recorded on an SOU transcript as spring term classes.

Transferability of Foreign Language Proficiency Credits

Credits earned as part of the Foreign Language Proficiency Program will appear on SOU transcripts with a Credit by Exam (CBE) attribute and will continue to show as Pass/No Pass on transcripts. Students should check with the colleges or universities of their choice to verify that Pass/No Pass credits will be accepted as transfer credits. The grade of "P" on an SOU transcript is equivalent to the grade of "C" or better.

Public Universities Accepting CBE Credits in Oregon

SOU has confirmed that Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, and Oregon Health and Sciences University will accept credits with a CBE attribute.

Program Description

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, or AP) high school language program, successfully pass an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc) 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 www.languagetesting.com.

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 the 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 Stephanie Butler at butlers@sou.edu.