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Mission Statement

The Portuguese Special Interest Group of ACTFL will promote and support Portuguese programs in the U.S.A. through advocacy, networking and articulation. The SIG will assist in the following ways:

  • Promote the Portuguese language and the cultures of  “o mundo lusófono.”
  • Provide a networking system within the organization that would enhance ACTFL’s advocacy for Portuguese programs at all levels
  • (Pre-K through 16 and adult education).
  • Provide services such as ACTFL Conference sessions, news items in the SIG Corner of  “The Language Educator,” space on the ACTFL website, and set up a SIG Discussion Forum.
  • Seek collaboration for sharing resources and creating new teaching materials
  • Connect teachers and students with the Lusophone community in the United States.
  • Promote research in the areas of the Portuguese language, cultures of the Lusophone world and pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with AATSP and other organizations that promote the teaching and learning Portuguese

Current Officers:

Chair: Celia Bianconi, Boston University
Co-Vice-Chair: Fernanda Ferreira, Bridgewater State University
Co-Vice-Chair: Cristiane Soares, Tufts University
Secretary: Alan Febraio Parma, Florida State University

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

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

ACTFL’s membership is a crucial element of my professional toolbox. As an educator, author, parent, consultant, and language learning advocate, ACTFL’s forward-moving vision and inclusive approach provide me with the knowledge, resources and networking opportunities that I need to expand my horizons and advance in my career. I feel that I belong to a community that works together towards a common goal.

Ana Lomba, Preschool Languages Specialist