Announcements

  • Special Focus Topics Submission: Empowering Learners

    The August/September 2017 "The Language Educator" magazine is currently seeking responses to the following question:

    Empowering Learners

    Motivation is a key component in learning. What does “learner-centered instruction” really look like? Technology and real-life applications support motivation and can develop learner autonomy. Learner engagement takes many forms—in and beyond classrooms, with and within other cultures. How do educators empower learners to take responsibility for and build interest in their language learning? How do you help your students become autonomous learners?

    Article submissions due Monday, May 1, 2017

  • 2017 Language Scholarships

    Language course scholarships are now accepting applications for 5 different languages (Arabic, Chinese (mandarin), French, Italian, and Spanish). You must be a current ACTFL member to apply. Applicants may submit applications for multiple scholarships. Applications must be submitted by March 31st. Late applications and applications from non-members will not be accepted. We hope you consider applying for these great opportunities to improve your language skills!

  • 2017 Convention Call for Proposals

    Be a part of the experience! Now it’s time to get serious about taking your idea and turning it into a convention proposal. Submit a proposal to be considered to present at the 2017 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in Nashville, Tennessee, November 17-19. With the ACTFL Convention featuring more than 800 sessions covering a wide variety of topics at all levels and languages, the Convention Committee is seeking sessions that help language educators be better able to develop their students’ critical-thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. Share your brilliant idea that will give attendees that “wow” experience and send them back to their schools with many takeaways!

  • Non-ACTFL Events, Products, and Services Update

    In order to help organize the Community a little better, we have created an "Educator Resources" Community. All non-ACTFL events and services must be posted in this Community. Examples include (but are not limited to): call for proposals/submissions, conference information, publications, educational programs, and continuing education opportunities. Please note, job postings will still not be allowed and must be posted on Job Central. Posts of an overtly commercial nature are not allowed on the Community, please contact our Exhibits Manager for information about advertising.

    Posts that promote a non-ACTFL event or service will be deleted and moved to the Educator Resources Community. This will allow for these posts to remain in one central location so that users can go back and find posts more easily.

  • Scheduled Community Maintenance

    Our Community will be undergoing an infrastructure upgrade starting Friday, December 16th at 10 pm ET through Saturday, December 17th - the Community may be down and inaccessible periodically during this period. We thank you for your patience!

  • Call for Proposals: ACTFL Research Priorities

    The purpose of the ACTFL Research Priorities initiative is to support empirical research on six priority areas that are currently critical to improving language education. Proposals can initiate a new research study, support/expand a study under way, or explore an emerging research area that is connected to one or more Research Priority areas. Recipients are expected to develop a publication for a peer-reviewed journal and grant ACTFL first refusal for submission for publication to Foreign Language Annals. The research grants are funded by ACTFL. Below each priority area is a list of sample research topics; research studies need not be limited to these topics.

  • Feedback Request: Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication

    An ACTFL task force has completed a tool with Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication. Its purpose is to support the integration of the Communication and Cultures standards in teaching and learning.

    Before this tool is published, we would like your feedback. The tool is composed of an introduction followed by sample Can-Do Statements, an introduction to reflection, and sample reflection scenarios. Since this tool will not be published until feedback is received, do not save or share the pages of this tool.

    Please complete the questionnaire by Friday, September, 30 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You may click on the 'Save Draft' button to save your comments return to this questionnaire at a later time.

  • New Membership Levels

    Since its founding in 1967, ACTFL has offered membership to language educators like you based on career stage — Regular, New Teacher, Student, etc. Moving forward, membership levels will be more benefits-driven, giving you control over what you'd like to get out of an ACTFL membership.

    Beginning July 1, we will offer five new membership levels. The levels include a Basic online-only package, a Plus package that closely mirrors the existing regular membership category, and Preferred packages that bundle professional development like ACTFL Virtual Learning Modules (VLMs), as well as some of ACTFL's acclaimed books.

    We believe the new levels will provide additional flexibility and options. We hope you agree.

  • Special Focus Topic Article Request: October/November TLE

    Connecting Literacy and Language Learning
    How has literacy changed and what impact does that have on learning a second language? Literacy, traditionally defined as the ability to read and write, has now evolved into multiple, multimodal, and multifaceted literacies. What language learning strategies are effective in developing literacies such as analyzing multimedia texts, designing and sharing information for global communities, synthesizing multiple streams of information, or building fluency with tools of technology?

    Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016

  • 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad

    The 2016 Institute of International Education (IIE) Summit on Generation Study Abroad will take place on October 23-25, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The 2016 IIE Summit will bring education, government and business leaders and together for action-oriented discussion on how to ensure international experience is a key part of a 21st century education and make study abroad opportunities available to all. ACTFL is a strategic partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad program. IIE welcomes participation from the ACTFL members to the 2016 IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad.

    Please use the following code when registering as an ACTFL Member: GSA2016_ACTFL. This code is for ACTFL members who are not teachers. You will receive the early bird Commitment Partner rate through April 1. ACTFL Members who are K-12 teachers are encouraged to register as Teachers on the website to receive the teacher rate of $250.

    Who Should Attend?
    • Presidents, Senior International Officers (SIOs), senior level administrators and faculty from U.S. and international higher education institutions
    • Directors of Career Services, Diversity and Study Abroad/International Offices, and Alumni and Donor Relations
    • CEOs and senior HR professionals from the private and public sector
    • Principals, teachers, and administrators from K-12 schools (particularly high schools) and school districts actively engaged or interested in global competence education
    • Representatives of education associations and study abroad organizations
    • Representatives of organizations focused on youth leadership and access to global education
    • Representatives of professional associations focused on global talent and workforce development
    • Government representatives from education, foreign affairs, and trade departments

  • 2016 ACTFL Convention Registration Open

    The 2016 Convention in Boston is now open for registration! Please note, your ACTFL membership must be valid through November 2016 to get the member rate.