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ALEXANDRIA, VA —The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has released two position statements to express its stance on computer coding and foreign languages.

ACTFL advocates the study of both world languages and computer science.  Both are essential skills in a world that is connected across borders and through technology.  Both provide specific skills and a way of thinking; however, the perspectives and skills gained are not equivalent.

A computer coding course is not equivalent to a world language course for the following reasons:

Alexandria, VA (May 20, 2013) – The ACTFL Board of Directors with leadership of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) have released a position statement to describe how four major initiatives in education in the U.S. today connect with language learning.  Local, state, regional, and national perspectives are represented in this position statement, as an additional 70 organizations provided input and comment.