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Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)

Mission statement:

The LCTL SIG is concerned with the teaching and learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages in the United States and provides a voice for all those involved in the learning and teaching of LCTLs: teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members. The mission of this SIG is to promote the learning, knowledge and needs of LCTLs and development of policies of sharing of best teaching practices across all levels, K through 16+. LCTL SIG members share among themselves experience and expertise in performance-based instruction, curriculum development, teacher training and development, assessment, program supervision, research, and policies impacting LCTLs. The LCTL SIG promotes ACTFL's commitment to reflecting the broad diversity of American society, and serves as an incubator for emerging language fields.

Current Officers:

Chair: Jeffrey Hayden, SCAD
Vice-Chair: Alwiya Omar, Indiana University
Secretary: Olga Makinina, Carleton University

Read minutes from previous SIG business meetings. Access the LCTL SIG Online Community eGroup.

If you are already a member of ACTFL and wish to join the Language Learning for Children SIG, contact usACTFL membership includes one free SIG; individuals may join additional SIGs for $5 per year per 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