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ACTFL Partners with UMD CASL to Present Languages for All? Forum

CONTACT: Pamela Morse
(301) 226-8899

WHEN: September 30, 2013

TIME: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

WHERE: Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, MD. Parking in the adjacent garage is free of charge to event attendees.

WHAT: The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) will convene an international forum on language education and policy entitled “Languages for All? The Anglophone Challenge” on Monday, September 30, 2013, from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, MD.

Government, education, and industry leaders will examine the feasibility of breaking down language learning barriers at every level—from when an American enters preschool to their college graduation. The forum asks whether the latest developments in the field have affected decisions to support increased language learning.

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh will deliver welcoming remarks. Speakers will include representatives from the British and Australian Academies, Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Education, Department of Defense, and school boards, along with CEOs of language companies, researchers, school administrators, foreign language practitioners, policymakers and a former governor.

The event will be streamed live at: www.ustream.tv/channel/umd-casl

More information and a complete list of speakers can be found at: www.casl.umd.edu/lfa.

Event Co-Sponsors: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), American Councils for International Education, British Academy, DLI Foundation, Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), Joint National Committee on Languages – National Council for Language and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS).

About CASL: CASL conducts unprecedented, academically rigorous research in language and cognition that supports national security. CASL research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, bringing together people from the government, academia, and the private sector. CASL research is both strategic and tactical, so that it not only advances areas of knowledge, but also directly serves the critical needs of the nation. For more information, visit www.casl.umd.edu.

About the University of Maryland: The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, Maryland is ranked among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and the Institute of Higher Education. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population. Please visit the University of Maryland website at www.umd.edu for more information.

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.

For more information, contact Pamela Morse at 301.226.8899 or pmorse@umd.edu.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013