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The ACTFL Board of Directors has named Martha Abbott as the Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

ACTFL Executive Director Bret Lovejoy announced his departure from the organization during a recent Board meeting. "After 8 years guiding ACTFL through a period of membership growth and financial achievement, I am ready to move on to new challenges," said Lovejoy. ACTFL President Barbara Mondloch added, "We are grateful to Bret for his service and contributions to ACTFL during this period." The Board has initiated a search for Mr. Lovejoy's successor and hopes to have a new Executive Director in place before the end of the year.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that February 2011 marks the 6th annual national celebration of Discover Languages Month. Part of a sustained effort, Discover Languages Month was developed to raise public awareness about the cognitive, academic, cultural and economic benefits language learning provides and to help all U.S. students Discover Languages…Discover the World!®

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced that Clarissa Adams Fletcher, a Spanish (Level II through AP) teacher from Dunwoody, GA, has been selected as the 2011 National Language Teacher of the Year. The award was presented at the 44th ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Boston, MA today.

Barbara Rupert, the principal of Brookdale Elementary School in the Franklin Pierce Schools in Tacoma, WA, was elected as president-elect of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  The election results were announced at the association’s November Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA.  Rupert begins a three-year term on the ACTFL Board of Directors Executive Committee and will serve as ACTFL President in 2011.

Lisa Lilley, a Spanish teacher at Central High School in Springfield, MO, has been selected as the 2010 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  The award was presented at the association’s 43rd Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA on November 20, 2009.

In a statement released today, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) strongly cautioned education administrators not to rely on alternative language learning methods that reduce the critical role of classroom teachers. 

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the appointment of University of Iowa educator Leslie L. Schrier as Editor of Foreign Language Annals, the association’s quarterly scholarly journal.  The award-winning publication, now in its 42nd year, is dedicated to expanding the awareness and understanding among language education professionals of current research, pedagogy and challenges facing the profession.  Dr. Schrier replaces Dr. Sheri Spaine Long, who completed her 3-year term in the position and is moving to the editorship of Hispania.

Toni Thiesen, a French teacher in Loveland, CO, has been selected as the 2009 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The award was presented at the association’s 42nd Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Orlando, FL on November 21, 2008.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has named Dr. John Brademas, former Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, as 2008 winner of the ACTFL Edwin Cudecki Award for Support for Language Education.  The award, which recognizes individuals who have developed ties between international business, language education and international studies, was presented at the November 20 Assembly of Delegates at ACTFL’s 2008 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Orlando, FL.

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