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Alexandria, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative is also focusing on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality, and removing barriers to participation. ACTFL has committed to increasing the number of students who study abroad over the next five years.

Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce an important collaboration with The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Lauder Institute will be hosting an on-site ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test Rater Training Workshop on March 29-30 on their campus in Philadelphia. The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is a standardized test for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language.

To address the ever-increasing professional development needs of the language education community, ACTFL has created the ACTFL Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute. This event will be hosted by Brigham Young University on June 17-20. Taking place in the heart of the beautiful BYU campus in Provo, Utah, ACTFL is offering an extensive array of workshop options.

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:

Alexandria, VA — On December 13, 2013, ACTFL’s revised ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers were approved by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) State Partnerships and Content Areas Committee. These standards are a revision of the formerly approved 2002 standards, and have been developed by a grass-roots effort over the last two years.

Alexandria, VA — The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) collaborated to create a new document to help language learners know “how” and “how well” they should be able to use language in an instructional setting (classroom, online, or independent learning) across five major levels (Novice through Distinguished).

Alexandria, VA — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has been honored with a Silver Award in Convention Promotion Package category in Association TRENDS’ 2013 All-Media Contest. It was one of nearly 470 entries in the association publications contest.

Orlando, FL—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced the election of two new at-large Board Members at its Opening General Session during the 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, in Orlando, FL.

Aleidine (Ali) Moeller of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Juan Carlos Morales of the Delaware Department of Education were elected by the ACTFL membership in the most recent Board Elections. Both will begin their three year terms on the ACTFL Board on January 1, 2014.

Orlando, FL – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2014 National Language Teacher of the Year Award has been awarded to Linda Egnatz, a Spanish language teacher from Lincoln-Way Community High School in Frankfort, IL and a member of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2013 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Orlando, FL.
 

Orlando, FL – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced the 2014 President-Elect of the organization during the Opening General Session of its Annual Convention & World Languages Expo, November 22, in Orlando, FL.

Jacqueline Bott Van Houten was elected by the ACTFL membership in the most recent Board Election held in October.

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