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ACTFL Announces Phase III of the Research Priorities Project

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce Phase III of its ongoing Research Priorities Project. The purpose of Phase III of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research projects or dissertation studies on five priority areas that are currently critical to improving foreign language education:

  • Research Priority Area #1: Integration of Language, Culture, and Content
  • Research Priority Area #2: Foreign Language Teacher Development
  • Research Priority Area #3: Classroom Discourse
  • Research Priority Area #4: High-Performing Language Programs
  • Research Priority Area #5: Language Use in the Community

Mary Lynn Redmond, ACTFL President, stated, “ACTFL is excited to announce this next phase of the Research Priorities project as we continue our efforts to support research that is pivotal in our field to inform and improve classroom practice in PK-16 settings. We encourage researchers to become involved in this important initiative for our field."

The Research Priorities Project is being co-directed by Eileen W. Glisan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Richard Donato, University of Pittsburgh.

ACTFL is calling for proposals for research projects that address the current research priority areas. Proposals must be received electronically by ACTFL by May 20, 2014. The Research Priorities Task Force will then review proposals and select projects. Learn more about this initiative.

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, February 7, 2014