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ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative

The World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning not only defines the critical role of world languages in our students’ future careers, but also provides a framework for the curricular integration of collaboration with communities beyond the classroom in order to encourage students to engage in global communities both during and after their formal language instruction.

The ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative recognizes outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. Such initiatives may include a variety of experiences and should clearly show students engaged in cultural communities beyond the experience of simply travel abroad. Students of all ages and schools of all demographics can participate in a community of a different culture through activities such as service learning, project-based learning, internships, research projects, and virtual class exchanges.

ACTFL members who have actively engaged their students in using the language outside the classroom to participate in a global community may seek recognition for Global Engagement by filling out the application below. The deadline to apply for the 2017 Recognition Program is May 28, 2017. All applications will be reviewed by a committee approved by the ACTFL Board of Directors. View a summary of last year’s recognized Globally Engaged programs. Programs may receive this recognition only once every four years.

The application process will open in March 2017.