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Oral Proficiency Contest 2020

      James J. Doyle Oral Proficiency Contest

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Registration- 3:00-3:30
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
201 E Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

This annual contest provides a forum for students to measure their oral skills in a foreign language against students from other schools in the county. Individual interviews are conducted by foreign language professionals to determine which students are most proficient in the second language.

Eligibility: The contest is open to students from MCATFL member schools. 
Students must have learned their foreign language in a classroom in the United States. 
Students who live in a home where the target language is spoken, who have spent more than six consecutive weeks in a country where the language is spoken, or who have learned in an immersion program, are not eligible to compete.

We appreciate that you comply with the spirit of the eligibility guidelines when choosing your contestants so as not to promote an unfair advantage for any participant.

Languages: Students may compete in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish.

Levels: In each language the following five levels may be tested:        Click here for guidelines for OPC interview topics at each level.


Students whose study began in the current academic year and will continue with a level 1 program next year.


Students who have completed Level 1 in a first semester block course, who have completed part A of a Level 1 A/B course, or who are enrolled in a standard year-long Level 1 course.


Students who are currently enrolled in level 2 or have completed it in a block schedule system.


Students who are currently enrolled in level 3 or have completed it in a block schedule system.


Students who are currently enrolled in level 4 or higher or have completed it in a block schedule system.

Judges reserve the right to withhold an award in any and all levels.

Registration and fees: Each school’s foreign language department may enter one student at each level in each language. There is no registration fee this year, although every teacher who enters a student in the competition must be a member of MCATFL. MCATFL membership costs $15 per year, per teacher. If you are not yet a member, you can join and pay your dues on the day of the contest or online.

There must be a minimum of 3 schools registered for each language at each level. If there are fewer than 3 schools registered, the schools that are registered should then enter 2 participants for each level. Schools will be notified in advance, if this occurs.

Teacher Time                                  

3:45-5:00- during the individual contest interviews.

Teacher Share Session

Finalist Interviews
Teachers will be able to observe finalist interviews at 5:00.

Event will close with an Award Ceremony at 6:00.


Please note:

Students should not wear anything that would identify their school to the judges.  Please, no school spirit wear, t-shirts, uniforms, insignia, etc.

Forms and Flier   (go to bottom of screen for .pdf versions)

Please fill out this on-line form for each student you wish to register.*
Registrations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 21.   The form and registration will no longer be available after Friday, Feb. 21.  

Registration Form

MCATFL OPC Registration 2020


Student Permission Form <--(click to make a copy)

Students must have signed permission
forms to register at the event.

OPC 2020 Student Permission Form

Oral Proficiency Contest Information <--(click to make a copy)

OPC 2020 Info

OPC 2020 Registration Worksheet

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