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ACTFL Releases Position Statement on Languages as a Core Component of Education for All Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900 Ext. 110
Alexandria, VA (May 20, 2013) – The ACTFL Board of Directors with leadership of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) have released a position statement to describe how four major initiatives in education in the U.S. today connect with language learning. Local, state, regional, and national perspectives are represented in this position statement, as an additional 70 organizations provided input and comment.
The position statement outlines how standards-based language learning does the following: develops literacy and numeracy, prepares learners in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas, engages learners through practical applications for special purposes and strengthens college and career readiness. Language learning meets real world needs and develops these 21st century skills into benefits that are essential for and are within reach of all learners.
An early start to learning a second language, programs of immersion or dual language immersion, and long learning sequences show strong results in helping all learners achieve these skills. An increasing number of states are setting up processes to verify second language competency (whether learned through classroom experiences or not) and provide academic credit.
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. For more information, visit the website at www.actfl.org.
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Monday, May 20, 2013