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50th Anniversary

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ACTFL launched its 50th year celebration with an event honoring the leadership of ACTFL over the course of its history. This event was held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. At the event, ACTFL unveiled A History of ACTFL, a comprehensive history written by Past-President Robert Terry.

Speakers included current and past ACTFL leaders: Marty Abbott, Paul Garcia, Eileen Glisan, Pete Swanson, Elvira Swender, Robert Terry, Ted Zarrow, Helene Zimmer-Loew, and Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of the Modern Language Association. View Event Program (PDF)


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ACTFL also premiered a commemorative video featuring Robert Terry; 2006 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Ken Stewart; Executive Director Marty Abbott; and the late Leo Benardo, who served as ACTFL President in 1969.

What Our Members Are Saying

I cannot tell you how invaluable these have been for me in my standards work with my district.  I have shared portions of them with my teachers as part of our summer professional development and I am also using the information and philosophies with my curriculum writers this summer.  I feel compelled to thank you all once again for your forethought in providing this amazing resource to all of us in such a 21st Century format!

Sandy Harvey, World Language Coordinator, Fort Bend ISD, Texas