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ACTFL Announces ACTFL-ECML Project

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA (October 11, 2013) — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is proud to announce the launch of a collaborative project with the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML).  The central aim of the project is to determine what student and initial teachers consider to be good practices in foreign language teaching. The project involves student teachers and initial teachers of languages in the USA and throughout Europe observing foreign language classes and documenting ‘indicators’ of good practices in specific areas. The findings of this survey ideally will feed into teacher education programs and be of value to all teachers of foreign languages.

At the core of the project is an online survey, consisting of a structured observation sheet to be used to evaluate foreign language classes. The content of this observation sheet is based on two documents, both of which are concerned with what constitutes good teaching.

  • ACTFL/NCATE (CAEP) Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers, which is used to assess teacher education program performance in the USA;
  • The European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL), a Council of Europe document, which serves the purpose of reflection and self-assessment of didactic competences.

The survey will examine good practice with regard to 24 specific competences identified in these two documents. The competences are organized under four headings taken from the ACTFL/CAEP standards: Lesson planning, Teaching, Evidence of Culture, and Assessing.

ACTFL is encouraging your support through participation. Please find more information here: http://www.actfl.org/professional-development/actfl-ecml-project.

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 12,300 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.

Friday, October 11, 2013