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Foreign Language Annals

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Background and Content

Cover image for Vol. 45 Issue 2Foreign Language Annals (FLA) is the official journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The first volume of FLA was published in 1967. FLA is a refereed journal published four times per year. There are approximately 10 articles per issue.

Dedicated to the advancement of language teaching and learning, the journal seeks to serve the professional interests of classroom instructors, researchers, and administrators concerned with the learning and teaching of languages at all levels of instruction. The journal welcomes submissions of the highest quality that report empirical or theoretical research on language learning or teaching, that describe innovative and successful practice and methods, and/or that are relevant to the concerns and issues of the profession. All submissions must be written in English and must be previously unpublished.

Foreign Language Annals focuses primarily on language education for languages other than English.  The journal welcomes manuscripts on a wide variety of topics including cross-disciplinary submissions that provide clear implications for teaching, learning, and/or research in the language field. Authors must be members of ACTFL.

FLA accepts from 10% to 20% of manuscripts submitted for publication. More than 175 manuscripts are submitted to FLA per year.

The Editor of Foreign Language Annals is Anne Nerenz, Eastern Michigan University, and the Managing Editor is Michael Everson.

The members of the journal’s Editorial Board (in addition to the Editor and Managing Editor) are:

Mary Curran, Rutgers University
Delores Durán-Cerda, Pima Community College
Thomas J. Garza, University of Texas-Austin
JoAnn Hammadou, University of Rhode Island
Audrey L. Heining-Boynton, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, San Diego State University
Raquel Oxford, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, California State University, Monterrey Bay
James Sweigert, Western High School, Baltimore, Maryland
Paul D. Toth, Temple University Sue-mei Wu, Carnegie Mellon University

Circulation and Audience

All of ACTFL’s more than 12,000  members receive FLA as a benefit of membership. In addition, more than 1,000 academic libraries subscribe to FLA. Only institutional subscriptions are available to nonmembers. 2012 Institutional rates: US$313 (the Americas), US$413 (Rest of World), €202 (Europe), £161 (UK) (the cost includes a subscription to ACTFL’s The Language Educator).

Information for Authors

All submissions to FLA are done electronically through our manuscript-processing system, Editorial Manager. Interested authors should review submission information to gain a better understanding of the focus and scope of the journal as well as the style and format of manuscripts. More specific manuscript guidelines also are available. The manuscript review process takes 4 to 6 months. To learn more about Editorial Manager and take part in an author tutorial, visit

Information for Reviewers

FLA welcomes individuals who would like to review for the journal. To be added to our list of reviewers, register with FLA’s Editorial Manager review system at Please see our reviewer tutorial for further guidance on reviewing for FLA.

The voluntary work of reviewers is acknowledged in two ways. In the summer volume of FLA each year, we publish the names of all active reviewers in the past year.  We also send out letters of appreciation of professional service for reviewers’ performance files.

Additional Information

In a 2004 study in System that measured the number of times articles are cited in other journals, FLA was named the top journal in its field (System 32, pp. 357-361).

FLA is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Past editors of FLA are Kenneth Mildenberger (1967), Andre Paquette (1968-1971), C. Edward Scebold (1972-1976), Warren Borne (1977-1979), Cathy Linder (1980-1982), Patricia Cummins (1983-1985), Vicki Galloway (1986-1991), Frank Grittner (1992-2000), Emily Spinelli (2001-2006), and Sherry Spaine-Long (2006-2009).

FLA is listed in the following indexes: Contents Pages in Education ~ Dietrich's Index Philosophicus ~ Education Index ~ ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) ~ Educational Management Abstracts ~ Educational Research Abstracts Online ~ Educational Technology Abstracts ~ IBZ–Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen  ~ Zeitschriftenliteratur ~ Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher  Literatur ~ Language Teaching ~ Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts ~ Multicultural Education Abstracts (Print Edition) ~ Research into Higher Education Abstracts ~ Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies ~ Social Sciences Citation Index ~ Sociology of Education Abstracts ~ Special Educational Needs Abstracts ~ Technical Education & Training Abstracts.

Contact Information

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