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Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that in response to the growing demand to acquire skills in proficiency-based instruction and assessment, the 2nd annual Proficiency Training Summer Institute has been expanded to two convenient locations: Brigham Young University and the University of Maryland. The workshops will take place from June 9-12, 2015, in Provo, UT and June 22-25, 2015, in College Park, MD.

To be conducted during academic year 2014-2015

Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce Phase III of its ongoing Research Priorities Project. The purpose of Phase III of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research projects or dissertation studies on five priority areas that are currently critical to improving foreign language education:

San Antonio, TX—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that Peter Swanson, Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, has been elected President-Elect of ACTFL for 2015.

San Antonio, TX—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2015 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Nicole Naditz, a French language teacher from Bella Vista High School in Sacramento, California and a member of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2014 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in San Antonio, TX.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in conjunction with its partner organizations of the Standards Collaborative Board, will introduce the newly-revised World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages at its upcoming annual Convention and World Language Expo in San Antonio, TX.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce the release of Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice. Co-authored by Cassandra Glynn, Concordia College, Pamela Wesely, University of Iowa, and Beth Wassell, Rowan University, the book will debut at this year’s ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo in San Antonio, TX, November 21-23, 2014.

Alexandria, VA—The keynote address at the 2014 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo will be delivered by renowned international photographer, philanthropist, and author, Annie Griffiths.

Designing a life and career as a globally competent individual will be a central theme of the convention keynote address given at the Opening General Session on Friday, November 21, in San Antonio, TX.

Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce the five finalists for its annual ACTFL National Teacher of the Year Award. The finalists representing the five geographic regions of the U.S. are:

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.

White Plains, NY – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Language Testing International (LTI) are pleased to announce “ACTFL-Brazil 2014,” an international language initiative designed to promote awareness and education and teaching and testing for proficiency in Brazil.

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