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Resources in Response to COVID-19

Many of you have either made the transition to an online learning environment or are in the process of doing so. Under normal circumstances, this doesn’t happen overnight, yet that’s what is being asked of you. Remember that many of your colleagues have been doing this for years and have gone through countless trainings. It’s ok to have lowered expectations—not of your students but of yourself.

In unprecedented times like these, the sharing of resources is going to play a critical role in our collective success. In this spirit, ACTFL would like to show its unwavering support for the profession by offering the following:

  • A FREE 1-year basic membership to any new member who joins ACTFL between now and June 30, 2020. Please use this special PDF application. Download the PDF, save it to your desktop, fill out, and return as an email attachment. All current ACTFL members will also receive an automatic 90-day extension of their current membership terms. (Please note, this free membership offer is only available to brand new members; former and current members are not eligible to apply.) *
  • We’ve created an Online Community dedicated to online teaching/learning resources and support. Contribute your own ideas and resources, and discuss challenges you may be facing and potential solutions. We ask that you please continue to abide by the Online Community Code of Conduct.  Access the Community.
  • Free Access to eight (8) Virtual Learning Modules (VLMs) through June 30, 2020. Ready to use individually, as a department, or with your Professional Learning Network (PLN); titles include, “Technology in the Classroom”, “Core Practices for Effective Language Learning”, and “Strategies to Guide Learners to Their Next Level”.  Access the Free VLMs.*
    • You will need an ACTFL online account to access the VLMs.  Creating an account with us is entirely free.  Existing members and account holders can simply login with the username and password from that account.  Once you’re logged in, click the “Store” button and use the “Product Type” drop down menu to select “Virtual Learning Module Series”.  You will see that there is no charge for eight of these modules, but you will need to complete the purchase process.  Once completed you will receive an email from ACTFL with a link to access the module. Orders are processed during normal ACTFL business hours, Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please be patient as we process these orders as quickly as we are able.
  • Free Access to a series of recorded webinars provided by the ACTFL Distance Learning Special Interest Group (SIG). These short webinars cover topics specific to the transition to online/distance teaching. We will continue to release additional webinars in the coming days and weeks.
  • Free Premium Access to AAPPL Communication Builder until June 30, 2020. ACTFL’s AAPPL Communication Builder is a web-based tool for world language teachers and learners that provides opportunities to practice across the modes of communication. AAPPL CB is designed to extend learning beyond the physical classroom space. Access AAPPL CB.*
    • You will need an ACTFL online account to access the AAPPL CB.  Creating an account with us is entirely free.  Existing members and account holders can simply login with the username and password from that account.  Once you’re logged in, click the “Store” button and use the “Product Type” drop down menu to select “AAPPL Practice Tools”.  There is no charge but you will need to complete the purchase process.
    • Online Office Hours for live support every Wednesday at 6:00 pm EST, now through May 27.  Use this link to join online, or dial +1 646 876 9923 and use Meeting ID: 521 680 024. 
    • YouTube How-To Videos:
  • Free Access to additional live and recorded webinars prepared by content experts on a range of topics including tips for teaching and learning remotely, proficiency and performance, sustaining research, and strategies for assessment. These webinars may also be accompanied by additional offline content.
    • Live Webinar: “Empowering Diverse Learners:  Research-based Strategies for Success” led by Rebecca Blouwolff (ACTFL 2020 National Language Teacher of the Year, Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley, MA) will take place next Wednesday, April 1, at 6:00 PM ET.   Learn more and register **
    • Live Webinar: “Now That You’re Teaching Remotely - What Are Your Questions?” led by Lauren Rosen (University of Wisconsin) will take place next Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm ET. Learn more and register - Submit questions to help shape the webinar.**
    • Live Webinar:  “Using the AAPPL Model for Task Design” will take place Wednesday, April 8, at 3:00 pm EST ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) evaluates how well learners can apply communication strategies learned in classroom settings in different, yet still familiar, contexts. This session will examine AAPPL functions and task design for the Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS) mode of communication Attendees will practice rating language samples and will discuss how to apply these principles in the virtual language classroom.  The webinar will be hosted by ACTFL staff members Camelot Marshall and Celia Zamora. Learn more and register. **
    • Recorded Webinar: AAPPL Communication Builder: Online Activity Creator

Learn more about the ACTFL’s AAPPL Communication Builder, a web-based tool for world language teachers and learners. Communication Builder facilitates the practice of interpersonal, interpretive and presentation modes of communication.  It is designed to complement curriculum and to extend learning beyond the physical classroom space. Teachers can produce original tasks by choosing the subject matter, language, and targeted level that best fits their learners’ needs or they can identify tasks available in the publicly shared section of Communication Builder presented by ACTFL staff members Deise Nassinhack & Michael Pereira.**

  • Free Access to ACTFL’s complete online eBook library through June 30, 2020. This includes our popular Keys series, new releases like Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum, and other titles. Access the books online, click the read online button next to each title to open that publication. The books are also available in The Language Educator mobile app.  To download the app, go to your app store and search The Language Educator*
    • You will need an ACTFL online account to access the eBooks in the mobile app. Creating an account with us is entirely free. Existing members and account holders can simply login with the username and password from that account.

As the days and weeks go on, we will continue to add to and adjust this list to serve the needs of the language education community.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds for anyone who purchased these items previously.

** Registration is limited to the first 300 registrants.  A recording will be made available for those unable to attend the webinar live.  If you register and aren’t able to attend, please cancel your registration to allow others to attend live.