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ACTFL Middlebury Research Forum

Participant Application 2020

Research on language teaching and learning is critical to sustaining our field as well as improving it. However, time and space for research efforts are often crowded out by other responsibilities, and scholarship can be affected. Thus, to help support researchers in world language teaching and learning, ACTFL has partnered with the Middlebury Language Schools to develop the ACTFL/Middlebury Summer Research Forum, a retreat for a small group of scholars.

The second annual forum will be held from June 21-26, 2020 at Middlebury in Middlebury, VT. The ACTFL Middlebury Research Forum will support participants to independently and collaboratively develop, reflect on, refine, (re)write, share, and critique their research with the intent of moving an existing project to publication. Participants will be provided with space to time and write, workshops on success and challenges in scholarly output, and daily accountability check-ins. ACTFL leadership, including a facilitator or members of the editorial team of the Foreign Language Annals, will be available on-site to consult with participants on publication opportunities and strategies for language research.

Participants will be expected to participate in workshops and networking events, to work on their own research, and to present a short talk to Forum participants and members of the Middlebury community on their research. Participants will also be encouraged to informally offer feedback on and review one another’s work.

The forum will support researchers who meet the following criteria:

  • They have a developed research agenda and ideas for research projects to work on during the forum.
  • Their research focuses on teaching and learning languages, especially languages other than English.
  • They are currently in a position where they are actively conducting research, anywhere across the spectrum of experience (PhD candidates through full professors).  Clinical faculty, professors of practice, and other non-tenure track faculty with research agenda and projects are encouraged to apply.

Selection of participants will prioritize recent recipients of the ACTFL Research Priorities Grants, and applicants with connections to Middlebury and/or ACTFL.

The workshop is free of charge and will include free housing in Middlebury’s student residence halls (single rooms with shared baths) and breakfast, lunch, and dinner in student dining halls. Accommodations are clean and simple, with wifi included. In addition, an opening and closing reception will be offered.  Limited funds are available to partially reimburse participants for their travel to Middlebury.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application below by January 31, 2020.


Per Urlaub, Ph.D. Margaret E. Malone, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Language Schools Director, Center for Assessment, Research and Development

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