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ACTFL is pleased to introduce Dr. Bridget Yaden as its new President for 2020. Yaden served as President-Elect in 2019. Her term as ACTFL President began on January 1, 2020.

ALEXANDRIA, VA— On November 21, nearly 300 language education activists, including ACTFL leaders and representatives of state, regional, and national language education organizations from 46 U.S. states, amassed on Capitol Hill to advocate for critical policies that promote language learning at all levels of instruction.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2020 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Rebecca Blouwolff, a French teacher at Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, MA, and a representative of the Northeast Conference on Language Teaching (NECTFL). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2019 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Washington, D.C. on Friday, November 22.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 ACTFL Professional Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the field of language education, and Appreciation of Service Awards, which recognize ACTFL volunteer leaders for their numerous contributions to ACTFL and the language education community at-large.

ACTFL is pleased to announce the 2019 awardees of the ACTFL Research Priorities grants.  Each project either initiates a new research study, supports or expands a study under way, or explores an emerging research area that is connected to one or more Research Priority areas. The studies were selected from 45 submissions after a thorough review by the Research Priorities Task Force. The selected studies will each receive a grant up to $2500.

ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 11, 2019) — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce three newly elected members of its Board of Directors. Jessica Haxhi of New Haven Public Schools, Ying Jin of Fremont Union High School District, and L.J. Randolph Jr. of the University of North Carolina Wilmington will each begin their terms on January 1, 2020.

ACTFL is proud to support the Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL) by offering its Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and its Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) in 21 less commonly taught / tested languages including:

Albanian, Amharic, Bengali/Bangla, Bosnian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Dari, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba.

The ACTFL OPI & WPT for the SOBL are appropriate for high school juniors and seniors (grades 11 & 12).

ALEXANDRIA, VA – ACTFL is pleased to announce that the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) will now include an Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS) form for students in Grades 3 and 4. This AAPPL Elementary ILS form will be available in English and Spanish and will be available to order March 1, 2020. In combination with this announcement, ACTFL has released the 2020 content topics for the AAPPL Elementary form.

Alexandria, VA  - The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce Dr. Julie Sykes as the new Editor of the association’s quarterly scholarly journal Foreign Language Annals (FLA).  She will serve a three-year term as Editor, beginning in January 2020 and ending in December 2022 with the Winter 2022 issue. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  ACTFL has released the content topics for the 2020 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 2020.