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ALEXANDRIA, VA—ACTFL and Chinese Testing International (CTI) have collaborated to create a detailed comparison of the CTI Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and the ACTFL & Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards for Language Teacher Preparation Programs.

NASHVILLE—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Ying Jin, a Chinese teacher at Cupertino High School in the Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, CA, and a representative of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2017 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Nashville on Friday, Nov. 17.

ALEXANDRIA, VA —The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the newly elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors. These members will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2018.

President-Elect: Lisa Lilley Ritter, Springfield (MO) Public Schools (Retired)

At-Large Member: Pam Wesely, University of Iowa

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, a collaborative effort between the two organizations.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics have been released.

Below are the content topics for the 2018 assessment for Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Instructors whose students will be taking AAPPL in one of these languages in the spring of 2018 may wish to create tasks based on these topics as part of their students’ preparation.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — For the third year in a row, more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia have reported a teacher shortage in world languages, an all-time high for the subject area since the Department of Education began collecting data over 25 years ago. In the report, language teaching vacancies are at the top of the list next to other key subject areas like math, science, and special education.

Strengthening the Student-to-Teacher Pipeline

ALEXANDRIA —The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has chosen the winners of its professional awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the field of language education.

Global Engagement Initiative Recognition Awards:

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Program is developing content for four new languages: Hindi, Italian, Japanese, and Thai. These tests will be available in Jan. 2018.

“ACTFL is excited to introduce these less commonly taught languages into our AAPPL catalogue. We hope this will give many more students the opportunity to assess their language performance and progress toward proficiency,” said Dr. Leah Graham, associate director of ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research, and Development.

We are both saddened and outraged by recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Racism, bigotry, and white supremacy, and the groups and individuals who promote these hateful ideologies, have no place in American society. The Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) shares your grief for those affected by the events in Virginia and reaffirms its commitment to linguistic, cultural, religious, gender, and ethnic diversity as a bedrock of strength and unity in the panoply of American life.

Take action now: Tell your representatives to fully fund the SSAE grant program

Washington D.C., May 23, 2017 -- The undersigned members of the Title IV, A Coalition offer the following response to President Trump’s elimination of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, in his fiscal year 2018 budget:

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