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Opportunities for New SIGs

Currently, ACTFL is exploring the interest of forming the following new SIGs. To express your support, please click on the proposed SIG below and complete the online form. Completing the form does not commit you to joining the SIG if it is formed.

Please note, that only the submissions of support from current ACTFL members will be counted.

If a proposed SIG does not reach 100 member signatures within 2 years of being posted, it will be removed and require a new, updated submission request.

American Sign Language

ACTFL ASL SIG Mission Statement:

  • Create training and instruction to support American Sign Language Teachers as they improve their teaching.
  • Create a bridge between existing ASL communities (Gallaudet and ASLTA) and ACTFL.  Outreach to develop relations between ACTFL and ASL communities.
  • Advocate for the development of standards for ASL teachers.
  • Provide more research resources and educational opportunities that will help improve the standards of ASL teaching and language acquisition.

Languages for Specific Purposes

The mission of Languages for Specific Purposes is to create and sustain a community of educators that can draw on each others' strengths to support this growing discipline. Building on the 40 years of work in this field that has established LSP as a mainstay across the curriculum, our goals are:

  • to evaluate current best practices in LSP pedagogies,
  • to establish a research agenda for the discipline, 
  • to consider new approaches to LSP pedagogies, including ones that reflect workplace/market needs


ACTFL Russian SIG Mission Statement:

To connect with other Russian teachers throughout the United States and share teaching strategies, promotional materials, methodology, new teaching materials and technology, and connect on the annual Olympiada Competition of Spoken and Written Russian as well as ideas on cultural and community events throughout the year.

South Asian Languages

South Asian Languages mission would be:

  • to promote the teaching and learning of South Asian languages and culture in the US
  • to provide a professional network for South Asian Language educators K-16
  • to provide a forum for sharing current research and best teaching practices in the field of South Asian language pedagogy
  • to help develop and articulate policies affecting the teaching and learning of South Asian languages in the US
  • to provide a networking system within the organization that would enhance ACTFL’s advocacy for South Asian language programs at all levels

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