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Alexandria, VA—The keynote address at the 2014 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo will be delivered by renowned international photographer, philanthropist, and author, Annie Griffiths.

Designing a life and career as a globally competent individual will be a central theme of the convention keynote address given at the Opening General Session on Friday, November 21, in San Antonio, TX.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce the five finalists for its annual ACTFL National Teacher of the Year Award. The finalists representing the five geographic regions of the U.S. are:

Alexandria, VA — Given the centrality of languages and cultures in preparing our young people to engage with others around the world, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has published a position statement on global competence.

White Plains, NY – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Language Testing International (LTI) are pleased to announce “ACTFL-Brazil 2014,” an international language initiative designed to promote awareness and education and teaching and testing for proficiency in Brazil.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations (NFMLTA), and the Modern Language Journal (MLJ) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the ACTFL / NFMLTA / MLJ Dissertation Support Grants. The purpose of this collaboration between ACTFL, NFMLTA, and the MLJ is to help support two graduate students during the research and writing phase of their dissertations that focus on the field of  language teaching and learning.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to present the first summer East Coast MOPI hosted by Lexington School District One at Glen Meadow High School in Lexington, South Carolina on August 5-6, 2014. ACTFL’s goal to provide K-12 educators accessibility to this highly valued workshop prior to the start of the school year is now being realized. This two-day workshop is an introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the Novice and Intermediate levels.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) would like to extend its gratitude to Brigham Young University and the Center for Language Studies for hosting the ACTFL Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute on June 17-20, 2014.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce that its magazine, The Language Educator, won 2014 APEX Awards for Excellence in the Magazine Series category for the November 2013, January 2014, and February 2014 issues. TLE was entered in this category specifically to showcase its theme series. TLE has won APEX Awards for individual issues twice before.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative is also focusing on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality, and removing barriers to participation. ACTFL has committed to increasing the number of students who study abroad over the next five years.

Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce an important collaboration with The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Lauder Institute will be hosting an on-site ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test Rater Training Workshop on March 29-30 on their campus in Philadelphia. The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is a standardized test for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language.

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