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ACTFL Publishes Position Statement on Global Competence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Marty Abbott
703-894-2900

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. President Mary Lynn Redmond stated, “It is clearly difficult to talk about becoming globally competent without placing an emphasis on the ability to communicate in other languages and to understand other cultural perspectives.” The position statement begins with the rationale for the unique role that language learning has in this process.

“The ability to communicate with respect and cultural understanding in more than one language is an essential element of global competence. This competence is developed and demonstrated by investigating the world, recognizing and weighing perspectives, acquiring and applying disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, communicating ideas, and taking action. Global competence is fundamental to the experience of learning languages whether in classrooms, through virtual connections, or via everyday experiences. Language learning contributes an important means to communicate and interact in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. This interaction develops the disposition to explore the perspectives behind the products and practices of a culture and to value such intercultural experiences.”

View the entire position statement.

ABOUT ACTFL
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014