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The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced today that Rick Steves, renowned guidebook author and travel television host, will deliver the keynote address during the Opening General Session of its Annual Convention on Friday morning, November 20, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center. The focus of his address will be, "Developing a Global Perspective through Travel".

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 National Standards Collaborative Board  is proud to announce the release of the newly-revised World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages: Fourth Edition.

Washington, DC—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), and TESOL International Association, have officially drafted recommendations for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy.

Alexandria, VA—The National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations (NFMLTA), the Modern Language Journal (MLJ) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the NFMLTA/MLJ/ACTFL Dissertation Support Grants. The purpose of this collaboration between ACTFL and NFMLTA 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 purpose of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research in 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.

Bethesda, MD—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has been honored with a Bronze award for the 2014 ACTFL Convention Preview brochure in Convention Promotion Package in Association TRENDS’ 2014 All-Media Contest. It was one of nearly 410 entries in the association publications contest.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that in response to the growing demand to acquire skills in proficiency-based instruction and assessment, the 2nd annual Proficiency Training Summer Institute has been expanded to two convenient locations: Brigham Young University and the University of Maryland. The workshops will take place from June 9-12, 2015, in Provo, UT and June 22-25, 2015, in College Park, MD.

To be conducted during academic year 2014-2015

Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce Phase III of its ongoing Research Priorities Project. The purpose of Phase III of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research projects or dissertation studies on five priority areas that are currently critical to improving foreign language education:

San Antonio, TX—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2015 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Nicole Naditz, a French language teacher from Bella Vista High School in Sacramento, California and a member of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2014 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in San Antonio, TX.

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