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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) encourages members with shared interests to network and share information within the larger structure of ACTFL. To facilitate these activities, ACTFL has established Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to provide continuous networking and information sharing on a specific topic or area of interest to a subset of ACTFL’s overall membership. SIGs operate under the aegis of ACTFL and are a vital component of ACTFL's member service activities.

SIGs operate exclusive online community eGroups, publish newsletters, and sponsor sessions at the ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo. ACTFL membership includes one free SIG; individuals may join additional SIGs for $5 per year per SIG.

Currently, ACTFL has the following SIGs:

African-American Students - provides a public forum for the discussion of issues relating to African American students and their needs as language learners.

Arabic – serve as a network for and information sharing among Arabic language and culture instructors. 

Community Colleges - provides leadership and cohesiveness to the teaching of foreign languages at the community college level.

Distance Learning - provides a forum for the discussion of strategies, program models, and the many challenges facing distance learning educators.

Film (Cinema) - seeks to respond to the increasing interest in and use of films in language instruction, acquisition and assessment.

Heritage Languages – represent the concerns of and provide a network for the heritage languages teaching community. 

Immersion - To expand opportunities for dialogue, information exchange, professional development and research initiatives among ACTFL’s dual language/immersion educators who work in and advocate for school-based, preK-16 language immersion programs throughout the U.S.

Korean – provides a forum for discussion of Korean teaching, a networking system and a voice for Korean teachers.

Language Learning for Children - promotes and supports early language programs in the U.S. through advocacy, networking and articulation.

Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) - promotes the learning, knowledge and needs of LCTLs and the development of policies and the sharing of best teaching practices.

Modern Greek - provides a forum for the Modern Greek language and culture teaching community.

Portuguese - promotes and support Portuguese programs in the U.S.A. through advocacy, networking and articulation.

Research - provides leadership in conducting research to inform instructional practices and build theory, as well as demonstrate how research is shaped by knowledge and theory generated from instructional practices.

Small German Programs - promotes discussion of the issues and opportunities surrounding small German programs at colleges and universities.

Spanish for Heritage Learners - concerned with the teaching and learning of Spanish for individuals who have a home background in the language.

Teacher Development - provides a forum for the discussion of foreign language teacher preparation, both at the preservice and the inservice levels.

Teaching & Learning of Culture - encourages a better understanding of the teaching of culture and its place in the foreign language curriculum.


New Opportunities: 

Currently, ACTFL is exploring the interest of forming the following new SIGs.  If you support ACTFL forming these SIGs, please click on them below and complete the online form.  Completing the form does not commit you to joining the SIG if it is formed.


To add a SIG to your existing ACTFL membership, contact us at membership@actfl.org.

What Our Members Are Saying

ACTFL has been a foundational support to me throughout my career. As a district world languages coordinator, the support I need from ACTFL is different from what I needed as a classroom teacher, but the community of learners that ACTFL provides each one of us has remained constant and faithful over time.

Greta Lundgaard, Plano Independent School District