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Rita A. Oleksak has been elected President-Elect 2006 of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Ms. Oleksak, who holds a B.A. degree in French and Spanish, a M.A.T. in Spanish and a M.Ed in Educational Administration, is the Foreign Language Director K-12 in Glastonbury, CT.  Previously, she was Supervisor of Foreign Languages K-12 in West Hartford, CT.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the appointment of Sheri Spaine Long as Editor of the association’s award-winning quarterly scholarly journal, Foreign Language Annals. The journal is dedicated to expanding the awareness and understanding among language education professionals of current research, pedagogy and challenges facing the profession. Dr. Long takes over the position from Dr. Emily Spinelli, who has become Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the five regional finalists for the first annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced at the November 18 Opening General Session of ACTFL’s November 18-20 conference in BaltimoreMD.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages will launch a major nationwide language education initiative at its 39th Annual Conference and Exposition at the Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency in BaltimoreMD from November 18-20, 2005.  Discover Languages will be a sustained campaign designed to heighten public awareness of the critical importance of language education and proficiency in the United States.  The program will build on the momentum achieved during the association’s 2005: The Year of Languages   initiative that celebrated the value of language learning throughout 2005. 

More than 5300 foreign language educators celebrated the kick-off of 2005: The Year of Languages at the 38th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, November 19-21 in Chicago, IL.

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