The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is seeking one native speaker of English and one native speaker of Spanish for a video production project for ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency (AAPPL).
NATIVE SPEAKERS FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION: Role: A retired individual volunteers for a language immersion program for students in grades 3-5. The language volunteer has a video chat in the target language (English or Spanish) with a young student in the program. The young student will not be present during production. The video chat script will be provided by ACTFL.
Seeking two individuals able to play grandparent roles (one for each language, English and Spanish)
Native speaker of English or Spanish
Able to perform complex speaking texts in English or Spanish
Able to read in English or Spanish
2-4 hours of video production in Washington, D.C. metro area in April-May 2018 (Date and time will be specified.)
Experience with acting or theater is a plus, but not required.
Video production will take place in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
How to Apply:
Applicants are requested to send an email of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org and submit a resume and a video of themselves performing a short script (please refer to the instructions at the end of the casting call).
ACTFL’s Target Language Experts will assess applicants’ language ability, pronunciation, accent and engagement with the audience (students in grades 3-5) to determine if the applicant meets the requirements for the role.
Please note in the email subject line the following: Application for AAPPL-E Video Role (Your Name). All documents should be saved with applicant’s name and document reference. For example: FirstName_LastName_Resume
All work performed by the Consultant for ACTFL is done so as an independent contractor and not as an agent or employee of ACTFL. Contractors are not employees and are not qualified or entitled to receive or participate in any employment benefits (pension/401(k) plans, health/other benefit plans, worker’s compensation insurance, unemployment benefits, etc.). Authorization to work in the United States of America without sponsorship is a requirement for this role. Possession of a student (H1B) visa is not sufficient for this role.
Instructions for Sample Video Recording: Please record yourself performing the text below, filling in the blanks as appropriate. At the beginning of your recording, please state your name as it appears on your resume. Please articulate clearly, pausing between each set of lines, and speak at a moderately slow speed.
Sample Script to Perform for Native English Speakers:
>> Hi. My name is ______ and I help in your school. I work with your teacher. What’s your name? Tell me a little about yourself.
>> I’m ______ years old. How old are you? When is your birthday?
>> My favorite color is red, and I love dogs. Tell me all about what you like.
Sample Script to Perform for Native Spanish Speakers:
>> Hola. Me llamo ____ y ayudo en tu escuela. Trabajo con tu maestro. ¿Cómo te llamas? Cuéntame un poco acerca de ti.
>> Tengo _____ años. ¿Cuántos años tienes? ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
>> Mi color favorito es rojo y me encantan los perros. Cuéntame un poco acerca de lo que te gusta.
How to Submit Video File:
Please label your video file as First Name_Last Name_Video.
Video files may be submitted in one of the following ways:
1. Unlisted YouTube link. 2. Vimeo link with a password. 3. Link to a Dropbox file.
Please include the link and password (if there’s a password) in your email. Please keep the link active and available until April 30, 2019.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.