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ACTFL’s Executive Committee Pledges Commitment to Linguistic, Cultural, and Religious Diversity

CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA — In response to the growing concerns of our members, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) reiterates its strong commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity as qualities that must be embraced in the U.S. and throughout the world. We stand with the entire language education community in underscoring our key values of collaboration, honoring multiple perspectives, and a free and open exchange of ideas.

ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. Our core mission is to use language to promote intercultural understanding.  As such, we support all members of the language education community—members of all races, religions, and countries of origin.

We oppose any effort to limit the exchange of students and educators to and from U.S. schools and universities; this would inhibit the collaborative sharing of ideas, scholarship and research, and otherwise impede international education and study abroad efforts.  We support the safe and respectful learning environments established by our members that welcome all students and treat them fairly and with sensitivity.

We respect and encourage those who speak up and take a stand against any actions that may jeopardize our liberties, undermine freedom of the press, or minimize the right to speak out and be heard in a civil manner. These have always been the hallmark of a democratic society.

-ACTFL Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

About ACTFL:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 13,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Monday, February 6, 2017