Announcements

  • 2019 Convention Proposal Reviewers

    Volunteer to score the 2019 Convention proposal submissions. Volunteers must be current ACTFL members, and may select to review for one of the 19 SIGs, or as a general session reviewer. 

    Please submit your volunteer application by December 1.
  • Focus Topics: Empowering Teacher Leaders

    Developing teacher leadership takes many forms. How are our organizations and systems developing

    the leadership skills of educators? How are effective educators tapped to provide leadership in their

    building, their organizations, and to broader audiences? Tell others about programs and projects that coach and guide language educators to be highly effective leaders or mentors in a variety of arenas.

    The submission deadline is November 1, 2018.
  • Volunteer to be a SIG Officer

    ACTFL SIGs elect officers for two-year terms each year. This year, the below groups and positions are up for election. Interested members must be a member of the SIG and may submit only one self-nomination. If you are not sure which SIG you belong to, please use the "Communities" tab in the green menu bar above and select the "My Communities" from the drop-down to see in which groups you are currently enrolled.

    Those interested in applying must submit a 250 word, third-person statement of interest describing their background and experience, why they would be a good fit for the position, and any special plans if elected.

    2018 SIG Election Positions
    African-American Students - Vice-Chair and Secretary
    Arabic - Vice-Chair and Secretary
    Cinema - Vice-Chair and Secretary
    Community Colleges - Vice-Chair and Secretary
    Critical and Social Justice Approaches - Chair
    Distance Learning - Chair and Secretary
    Heritage Languages - Vice-Chair
    Immersion - Vice-Chair and Secretary
    Korean - Secretary
    Language Learning for Children - Chair
    Less Commonly Taught Languages - Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary
    Portuguese - Vice-Chair
    Research - Chair, Vice-Chair, and Graduate Student Representative
    Spanish for Heritage Learners - Vice-Chair and Secretary
    Small Undergraduate German Programs - Chair
    Teacher Development - Chair and Secretary
    Teaching and Learning of Culture - Vice-Chair

    For anyone wishing to nominate someone else, please contact @Genevieve Borello with the person's name and email, a follow-up email will be sent to them. Self-submissions must be received through the volunteer application on/before September 16. ​Members of each SIG will be emailed a ballot in late September with information about each applicant, including the statement of interest. Submission period will be open from September 1 - 16, voting will be open for two weeks starting in late September.
  • Say You Say - Leveraging Community Connections

    What have you found to be effective ways to make language programs visible in your community? How are you making the case for languages to draw in a broad network of supporters? In what ways are language programs proving their value in your community? Share ways in which you have created, maintained, and/or leveraged partnerships and connections with organizations and communities outside of your classroom.
  • Host a Summer Institute Workshop

    If you are interested in your institution/organization being considered to host a 2019 OPI Summer Institute Workshop, please review the below and consider submitting the below form. ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research and Development will convene a review board in October to select summer 2019 locations.

    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 will be extended to local faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis. The regular workshop fees are $900 for 4-day workshops, $450 for 2-day workshops and $200 for 1-day workshops. 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: August 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Finding your ideal teaching position

    Searching for a new position? Or just looking for some best practices or advice? Join ACTFL for three upcoming webinars with individuals involved with recruiting and hiring for tips and advice on securing your next position.

    During the webinar we will address:
    1. Where to find jobs
    2. Resumes/CVs do’s and don’t
    3. Cover letters / Emails letters to prospective employers Interview tips
    4. Post-interview, you’ve been offered the job, now what?
    5. Tips from the hiring side

    Dates:
    Thursday, June 21 with Lori Langer de Ramirez for K-8
    Thursday, July 26 with William Anderson for High School
    Thursday, August 2 with Susann Davis and Laura McGee for Higher Ed

    The webinars will be recorded and placed on the ACTFL site for members to access later. Each webinar is limited to the first 100 ACTFL members, we hope you're able to join us!
  • ACTFL Research Priorities Project

    The purpose of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research on five priority areas that are currently critical to improving World 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. Below each priority area is a list of sample research topics; research studies need not be limited to these topics.

    Research Priority Area #1: Immersion/Dual Language Programs
    • Content-based instruction
    • Sustaining student enrollment
    • Articulation to secondary and post-secondary
    • Literacy

    Research Priority Area #2: In-Service and Pre-service Language Teacher Development and Retention
    • Model teacher preparation programs
    • Mentoring
    • Preparing language teachers for diverse settings
    • Teacher retention
    • Certification opportunities

    Research Priority Area #3: Assessing Learning Outcomes in K-16 Settings
    1. Learning outcomes in specific programmatic and curricular models
    2. Assessment of learning outcomes in relation to an instructional practice
    3. Study of learning processes and interactions
    4. Learner voices and experiences

    Research Priority #4: Equity and Access in Language Learning
    • Heritage language learners
    • Language preservation
    • Policy in language program development
    • Underrepresented/historically underserved populations in language learning
    • Multiculturalism and culturally sustaining pedagogies in the world language classroom

    Research Priority Area #5: Intercultural Learning
    Learning contexts (service learning/study abroad)
    • Assessment instruments and outcomes
    • Application of Intercultural Can-do Statements in classroom settings

    When is the deadline? The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2018 at 5 pm Eastern time.

    Who can apply? ACTFL members may submit one application as a first author and be listed as a second or third author on one additional application.

    What will happen next? The Research Priorities Task Force will review proposals and select projects. Applicants will be informed of the selections by August 15, 2018. Selected studies will receive a grant of up to $2,500 from ACTFL to help defray some of the research costs. Recipients are expected to apply to present their research at ACTFL 2019 and agree to grant Foreign Language Annals right of first refusal of any articles that emerge from the research.
  • ACTFL Professional Development Awards

    ACTFL is currently seeking nominations for our Professional Awards. Please read through the list and criteria, and consider submitting a nomination today!
  • Global Engagement Initiative Award

    The World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning not only define the critical role of world languages in our students’ future careers, but also provide a framework for the curricular integration of collaboration with communities beyond the classroom in order to encourage students to appropriately and effectively engage in global communities both during and after their formal language instruction.

    The ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative recognizes outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. Such initiatives may include a variety of experiences which engage students in cultural communities beyond tourism-based travel. Students of all ages and schools of all demographics can participate in a community of a different culture through activities such as service learning, project-based learning, internships, research projects, and virtual class exchanges.

    ACTFL members who have actively engaged their students in using the target language to participate in a global community during the 2017-2018 school year may seek recognition for Global Engagement by filling out the application below. The deadline to apply for the 2018 Recognition Program is May 28, 2018. All applications will be reviewed by a committee approved by the ACTFL Board of Directors.
  • ACTFL Mentoring Program - Mentees

    The ACTFL mentoring program was created to provide tools and resources to help new educators succeed. Mentoring is an incredibly vital component to educator success and development.

    Applications for mentees is currently open. Mentor applications will open at the end of May.

    This year, the ACTFL mentoring program offers two mentoring options: for educators in a traditional classroom setting, and educators who teach online. Each group will receive support throughout the program from both ACTFL and their assigned mentor.

    For the traditional program, mentees must have five or fewer years of experience in a classroom.

    For the distance learning program, mentees must have three or fewers years of experience in teaching online.
  • "Get Published in The Language Educator or Foreign Language Annals" Webinar

    Hoping to share your research, approaches to teaching, or passion for the profession? Join ACTFL on Tuesday, June 12th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm ET for an informational webinar about The Language Educator and Foreign Language Annals with ACTFL staff and editors, Martha Gorman (TLE) and Anne Nerenz (FLA). 

    During this webinar, you will learn: 
    -The differences between the publications 
    -How to submit an article 
    -What happens during the review process 
    -Why you should publish 
    -Ways to get involved if you aren’t ready to publish yet 

    The webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. We hope you can join us!
  • 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.