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Alexandria, VA — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce the new Editor of the Foreign Language Annals (FLA), Dr. Anne Nerenz, outgoing member of the ACTFL Board of Directors. Nerenz will assume this position beginning January 1, 2014.

Alexandria, VA (October 11, 2013) — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is proud to announce the launch of a collaborative project with the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML).  The central aim of the project is to determine what student and initial teachers consider to be good practices in foreign language teaching. The project involves student teachers and initial teachers of languages in the USA and throughout Europe observing foreign language classes and documenting ‘indicators’ of good practices in specific areas.

WHEN: September 30, 2013

TIME: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

WHERE: Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, MD. Parking in the adjacent garage is free of charge to event attendees.

Alexandria, VA (August 14, 2013) — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is pleased to announce the Fall OPI assessment workshop that will be held just prior to the 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL, from November 18-21, 2013 for the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.

Alexandria, VA (July 25, 2013) – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the five finalists for the annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award. The finalists representing the five geographic regions of the U.S. are:
  • Norma Arroyo: Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO; Spanish Language Teacher – Southwest Conference on Language Teaching

Alexandria, VA (July 24, 2013) – Eight recipients/teams have been chosen to participate in Phase II of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project, to conduct research during the 2013-14 academic year. The purpose of the Phase II project is to support empirical research on five priority areas that are critical to improving foreign language education including the following: FL teacher preparation model programs, profiles of high-performing FL teachers, language use in the community, mentoring K-16 FL teachers and classroom discourse, and high-leverage teaching practices.

Alexandria, VA (July 23, 2013) – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), a member of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which was formerly National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), invites individuals to apply to become program reviewers.  Reviewers are trained to assess reports and data submitted to CAEP by institutions looking for recognition of their foreign language teacher education programs through ACTFL.
 

Alexandria, VA (May 22, 2013) -- During the National Teacher Appreciation week, which took place May 6-10, 2013, US Department of Education’s Secretary, Arne Duncan recognized Mr. Noah Geisel as the National Language Teacher of the Year—an award presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annually.

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.

White Plains, NY (March 28, 2013) – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is proudly announcing  the summer OPI assessment workshop that will be held at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, from July 18-21, 2013 for the following languages: Spanish, Hebrew, German, French and Portuguese. 

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