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Alexandria, VA (November 29, 2018) – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the premier organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction, announced today that it has appointed Howard R. (Howie) Berman, MA, CAE as its Executive Director.

ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 16, 2018) — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the newly elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors. We congratulate these members and look forward to seeing their dedication to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of all languages with ACTFL.  These members will begin their term on January 1, 2019.

NEW ORLEANS (November 16, 2018)— The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Aubrey, an Elementary World (Spanish) Language Teacher at Ashford School in the Ashford School District in Ashford, Connecticut, and a representative of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) has been named the 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the Opening General Session of the 2018 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in New Orleans on Friday, November 16.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Achievements in Language Education Awards and 2018 Appreciation of Service Awards.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On October 1, 2018, ACTFL released the content topics for the 2019 ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), which is available in 13 languages. The newly released topics allow instructors to create classroom and homework-based opportunities for students to perform across all modes of communication before participating in the AAPPL in the spring of 2019.

Alexandria, VA—The search for ACTFL’s next Executive Director is now open.

The search is being handled by Vetted Solutions working with ACTFL's Search Committee, chaired by Dave McAlpine with members Ali Moeller, Lea Graner-Kennedy, Jocelyn Raught, Mary Lynn Redmond, Debbie Robinson, and Astrid Ruiz.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Martha “Marty” Abbott, ACTFL’s Executive Director, announced recently that she will step down from her position at the end of the year. Abbott has been Executive Director of ACTFL since 2011 and prior to that served as its Director of Education for 8 years.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to stand with the hundreds of thousands of concerned students who marched in Washington, DC, and across the globe this past weekend to shine a light on the issues of gun violence and school safety.

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday afternoon, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending package that funds the government through September.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 100 world language teachers and advocates will gather on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15-16 to meet members of Congress for Language Advocacy Day, an annual summit of administrators, educators, and language industry leaders organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL).

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