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Special Focus Topics for Future Issues of The Language Educator

As we conclude our 2013–2014 theme series, the staff of The Language Educator and ACTFL are looking forward to presenting more excellent and thought-provoking articles in upcoming issues of the magazine. In consideration of the very positive feedback received on the theme series, we are planning to include a “focus topic” section for each of the next four issues of TLE published in 2014 and 2015.

While these topics will be more specifically focused than the six broad themes that were just featured, we continue to look for innovative and cutting-edge article submissions coming from varied perspectives related to the topic—reflecting different levels, languages, methods, backgrounds, opinions, experiences, and so on. The articles in this focus section will again be double-blind reviewed by two language education experts, in addition to other TLE and ACTFL staff.

January/February 2015—Moving Along the Proficiency Continuum

What does it take to guide learners to the next level of proficiency? Share your examples of how the three modes of communication may interact and be emphasized differently as learners move to higher levels (to reach Intermediate, Advanced, Superior). What does the learner need to demonstrate and how do we elicit that performance?


Article submissions due: Oct. 1, 2014

March/April 2015—Designing Learner-Centered Language Instruction

Tell us about how you have explored topics like flipped classrooms, hybrid learning, use of tablets (1:1 classrooms). How do learners self-reflect on their own progress? What do innovative classrooms that empower learners look like? Can you share your story?


Article submissions due: Dec. 1, 2014