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Distance Learning

This SIG was formed by individuals involved in the teaching of foreign languages via satellite and other means of distance learning. Members discuss strategies, program models, and the many challenges facing distance learning educators. Current SIG activities include the development of a page on the world wide web, and a position paper outlining linkages between the national foreign language standards and the expected outcomes of distance learning programs.

Mission Statement:

The Distance Learning Special Interest Group has five major goals:

  • To provide a forum for world language teachers who are engaged in distance learning to share expierences and concerns,
  • To promote the exchange of information about distance learning in the interest of developing best-practice principles,
  • To bring issues related to distance learning in world languages to all ACTFL members,
  • To encourage and support the dissemination of research and best practices, and
  • To cooperate and to collaborate with other ACTFL special interest groups (e.g., technology, teacher development, language learning for children) on projects of mutual concern.

Current Officers:

Chair: Victoria Russell, Valdosta State University
Vice-Chair: Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Virginia Cmmonwealth University
Secretary: Christopher Hromalik, Onondaga Commuity College

ACTFL DL SIG and CALICO Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching (K-12 and Higher Education)
DL SIG members may compete for one of two awards for excellence in online language teaching (K-12 or Higher Education) that are sponsored by the ACTFL DL SIG and the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO). The prizes include a plaque and free one-year memberships in both ACTFL and CALICO. In addition, the awardees receive a spot in CALICO’s Technology Showcase and Poster Session and waived registration to the CALICO conference if they can attend.

In order to be eligible to compete for the award, individuals must be members of ACTFL and the DL SIG and must have taught a language online for a minimum of three years. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Please send the following materials to Victoria Russell (varussell@valdosta.edu) and copy Kathryn Murphy-Judy (kmurphy@vcu.edu): (1) a 1,500 word (maximum) statement highlighting your successes and innovations in online language teaching (please include a brief description of your online course(s) and any strategies that you use to engage your online language students in the target language), (2) two letters of recommendation, and (3) your CV. Please combine all of your materials into one PDF file and send it electronically to the email addresses listed above by September 30, 2017.

Read minutes from previous SIG business meetings. Access the DL SIG Online Community eGroup. View links of interest to DL SIG members.

If you are already a member of ACTFL and wish to join this SIG, contact us. ACTFL membership includes one free SIG; individuals may join additional SIGs for $5 per year per SIG.

What Our Members Are Saying

ACTFL offers its members a professional home where they can connect, share, network and energize. I belong to ACTFL because I am a language educator, and implicit in that is the idea of constantly developing professionally. I am always looking for ways to better the learning experience for my students. ACTFL continues to provide me with opportunities to do so.

Pablo Muirhead, Milwaukee Area Technical College