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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: Christopher Hromalik, Onodaga Community College
Vice-Chair: Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Virginia Commonwealth University
Secretary: Angela Berger, Pennsylvania Distance Learning Cyber Charter School
Past-Chair: Victoria Russell, Valdosta State University

 

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. See Membership FAQ about details on adding/changing a SIG.

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