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ACTFL Announces STARTALK Summer Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900 EXT. 110
Alexandria, VA (March 21, 2013) — ACTFL will be sponsoring STARTALK summer professional development courses for teachers as well as language and cultural development programs for students this coming summer 2013. The programs include concentration in Chinese and Russian for teachers and Arabic, Chinese and Russian for students.
The teacher programs are intensive two-week courses that promote focus on quality instruction, curriculum and assessment. The programs are open to current teachers in addition to individuals interested in teaching languages.
The summer programs for students are four-week long courses that focus on the development of speaking and writing abilities for beginning and intermediate learners. In addition to classroom instruction, the summer programs feature cultural field trips.
The deadline to apply for all programs is April 19, 2013. Find more information on the ACTFL website or contact (703) 894-2900, firstname.lastname@example.org.
STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education program of the National Defense University, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US Department of State.
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. For more information, visit the website at www.actfl.org.
Thursday, March 21, 2013