Announcements

  • Summer Language Scholarships

    Applications for the 2018 summer scholarships are now open! Summer scholarships are available exclusively for ACTFL members and include language refresher courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. Courses range from online to around the world.

    Applicants must be a current ACTFL member and paid through March 31, 2018 to be eligible to apply. Applicants must submit supporting documents, including two letters of recommendation by the application deadline of March 31. Applications missing supporting documents, recommendations, or applications from non-members will not be considered.

    Read through the list of current scholarships to view the different scholarships currently offered. We encourage you to submit an application and take advantage of this special member benefit.
  • February is Lead with Languages Advocacy Month

    Share your story by snapping an advocacy selfie. Fill in the blank, take a selfie, and tag LwL!​​
  • 2018 Special Focus Topics - The Language Educator

    Each of the four issues of The Language Educator in 2018 will include a "focus topic" section featuring article submissions coming from varied perspectives related to the topic—reflecting different levels, languages, methods, backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. The articles in this focus section will again be double-blind reviewed by two language education experts, in addition to TLE and ACTFL staff.

    Each of these focus topics will explore recommendations from the Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2017 report, America's Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. Contribute your stories and examples of how language educators are responding to this urgent national language crisis.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    We urge you to submit original, previously unpublished articles for these issues directly using the online form. You will upload your article directly to the site for a specific issue, and you can find more information about formatting and content.
    Only articles submitted for the focus topic sections will go through a peer-review process.

    If you would like to submit an article for consideration for The Language Educator that is not meant for a special focus topic section, please upload it here.
    Focus topic articles, while peer-reviewed, should still follow The Language Educator Author Guidelines and should be written in the style of a magazine feature article, with direct quotes from multiple primary sources and intended to appeal to educators of all languages at all levels. They should not be narrowly focused research articles or dissertations with literature reviews, etc. Please do not submit a paper that is meant for an academic journal; we suggest you send these to Foreign Language Annals for consideration.
  • Apply to be a 2018 Summer Institute Host

    If you are interested in your institution/organization being considered to host a 2018 Summer Institute Workshop, please review the below and consider submitting a request.  ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research and Development will convene a review board to select summer 2018 locations. 2018 Summer Locations will be announced in November 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact Ann Aly at workshops@actfl.org.

    Benefits:

    • Valuable professional development opportunity for your teachers, faculty, and colleagues
    • Workshop makes your institution a national center for professional development training, bringing language professionals to your district from national and international schools.
    • Host Schools and Institutions will be highlighted in ACTFL publicity, including announcements in ACTFL Member News, the ACTFL website, and ACTFL membership mailings.  These announcements reach an estimated 50,000 language professionals in the United States and abroad.
    • 50% registration discount (early-bird) will be extended to local faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    The workshop fees are as follows:4-day workshop: Early-bird: $950 (non-member)/$850 (member); regular registration: $975 (non-member)/ $875 (member)
    2-day workshop: Early-bird: $500 (non-member)/$400 (member); regular registration: $525 (non-member)/ $425 (member)
    1-day workshop: Early-bird: $250 (non-member)/$200 (member); regular registration: $275 (non-member)/ $225 (member)

    Discounted faculty registrations are limited to three per language section and total registrations across sections will be taken into account if more slots are needed for faculty in a particular language.

    Deadline: October 16, 2017 at 5pm Eastern time
  • Call for 2017-18 Research Project Proposals

    The ACTFL Research Priorities Project supports empirical research on six priority areas that are currently critical to improving foreign 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. The research grants are funded by ACTFL. 

    The five priority areas are:

    Integration of Language, Culture, and Content
    Foreign Language Teacher Development
    Classroom Discourse
    High-Performing Language Programs
    Language Use in the Community
    Preference will be given to proposals that focus on the cognitive developments of language learning.

    The deadline for proposals is June 1 at 5 pm.
  • Get Involved! Volunteer With ACTFL

    Calling All ACTFL Members: Get Involved! In the upcoming weeks, we will be listing available volunteer opportunities here on the ACTFL Community. In the meantime, we encourage you to login to the Community and edit your “Volunteer Profile” and opt-in to the Volunteer Pool. Both can be found under the “Volunteer” tab in the main menu bar. We look forward to sharing the volunteer opportunities once they are available, and appreciate your continued support of ACTFL and world languages.