Postsecondary Award for Language Instruction Using Technology

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ACTFL/Cengage/IALLT Postsecondary Award for Excellence in World Language Instruction Using Technology

The ACTFL/Cengage Learning Awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in the integration and use of technology in world language instruction at the post-secondary level. These awards are the outgrowth of collaboration between ACTFL, the Faculty Development Programs of Cengage Learning, and the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT). Self-nominations are permitted.

Two awards may be made annually:

  1. one to a world language educator at the two-year/community college level, and
  2. one to a world language educator at the four-year/university level.

These awards are supported by the generosity of Cengage Learning. The recipients each receive a $500 cash award provided by Cengage Learning.

Procedures for Nomination

  1. Include the following items in the nominating dossier (in order):
    1. A simple cover letter introducing the nominee and other dossier materials to follow from the school or institution, or in the case of self-nominations by instructors, a nominating sheet from an officer of the school or institution.
    2. Curriculum vitae of the candidate (not to exceed 10 pages).
    3. No more than three letters of support clearly explaining the rationale for the choice of this candidate (from colleagues, students, or others who have benefited from the nominee's contributions).
    4. Other supporting documentation not to exceed 10 pages (e.g., photos, artifacts from teaching, multimedia documentation, etc.) that documents evidence of the use and integration of technology into their world language course(s), including a rationale for the use of technology, and how its use helped students attain the goals of the course. (see rubric for specific criteria and indicators).
  2. Complete nomination dossiers must be submitted to ACTFL in one PDF file by the deadline. Any media documentation must be included in the PDF as an openly accessible link.
  3. No member or officer of the ACTFL Board of Directors may write a letter of support for any award nominee or actively shepherd the nomination of an award candidate. If a dossier packet is resubmitted that contains a support letter written prior to the establishment of these guidelines, that letter will be removed from the packet by the Committee Chair.
  4. No member or officer of the ACTFL Board of Directors, or contracted employee is eligible for nomination for any award while holding these positions.

Criteria for Eligibility (Checklist)

  • The Nominee is a current ACTFL member.
  • The candidate has a minimum of five years teaching experience with at least half of each year's assignment in the area of world language education.
  • The candidate is either currently in a teaching or administrative role.
  • Dossier includes introductory cover letter, CV, maximum of three letters of support, and supporting documentation combined in one PDF file.

Procedures for the Selection Committee

  1. The award selection committee will be chaired by a member of ACTFL, who will be appointed by the ACTFL Past President. The chair will serve in a non-voting capacity.
  2. As soon as possible after the deadline for submission of nominations, the Committee Chair will circulate copies of the nomination dossiers to members of the committee.
  3. Committee members rate and rank the dossiers using the rubric and return their ratings and rankings to the Committee Chair by the date specified.
  4. At the discretion of the Committee, the award may or may not be presented during a given year.
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