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Alexandria, VA (March 11, 2013) — ACTFL is excited to announce the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo opening general session. The opening session will take place in the morning of Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Tony Wagner will be this year’s speaker. He will deliver the keynote address on the topic of “Creating Innovators with Passion, Play and Purpose”.

Alexandria, VA (February 15, 2013) – ACTFL is pleased to announce Phase II of its ongoing Research Priorities Project. The purpose of Phase II is to support empirical research on five priority areas that are critical to improving foreign language education:

White Plains, NY (February 8, 2013) – ACTFL is pleased to announce the first ever spring OPI assessment workshop to be held at  The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City, on June 4-7, 2013 for Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

Alexandria, VA (December 12, 2012) – ACTFL, in partnership with Print Management, Inc., has been honored with a Bronze Award in Monthly Trade Association Magazine in Association TRENDS’ 2012 All-Media Contest for its publication The Language Educator. It was one of more than 420 entries in the association publications contest.

“We are so pleased to be in the winners’ circle this year. We’re proud of the great work our staff has put into The Language Educator to communicate with our members,” comments Marty Abbott, ACTFL Executive Director.      

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recognized E.E. Waddell  Language Academy located in Charlotte, NC during the 2012 ACTFL Annual Convention as the recipient of the ACTFL Melba D. Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program. This award recognizes programs that are exemplary in five areas: Program Model, Curriculum, Staffing, Advocacy and Achievement.

Noah Geisel, a Spanish teacher at East High School in Denver, CO, was named the 2013 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) at the organization’s annual convention held in Philadelphia, PA.

This year ACTFL will recognize Governor Jack Markell of Delaware during the 2012 ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo in Philadelphia, PA. Governor Markell mentioned earlier this year in his State of the State “this program [World Language immersion] is a critical part of preparation for the future.”

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the five regional finalists for the eighth annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced at the November 16 Opening General Session of ACTFL’s November 15-18 convention in Philadelphia, PA.

A coalition of more than 50 language organizations recently sent a letter to President Obama outlining language priorities for the FY14 budget. The letter urges the President "to address the need for all American students, from primary through graduate school, to gain proficiency in a second language and prioritize the following programs in your Fiscal Year 2014 budget." It also makes specific funding requests for program like Language Flagships, STARTALK, and Title VI.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Language Flagship Program are pleased to announce the online publication of Arabic annotations and samples for speaking, writing, listening, and reading to accompany the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.  The annotations to the Guidelines for Arabic and the samples that exemplify the descriptions of the levels can be found at http://actflproficiencyguidelines2012.org/arabic.