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ACTFL Recognizes Achievements In Language Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sherri Halloran
(703) 894-2900 x119

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 ACTFL Professional Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the field of language education, and Appreciation of Service Awards, which recognize ACTFL volunteer leaders for their numerous contributions to ACTFL and the language education community at-large.

Appreciation of Service Awards were presented at the ACTFL Convention Partners Leadership Dinner on Wednesday, November 20, and ACTFL Professional Awards were presented during a ceremony on Friday, November 22—both as part of the 2019 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Washington, DC.

The following ACTFL Professional Awards were given:

  • ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Awards:
    • Community Engagement Project in Hindi at Rice University, Rice University (TX)
    • Essex High School Global Leadership Program, Essex Westford School District (VT)
    • U.S./Spain Global Wellness Engagement Program, Weston High School (CT)
  • ACTFL/Cengage Postsecondary Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT: Edwige Simon, The University of Colorado Boulder
  • ACTFL-NFMLTA/MLJ Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education: Marisela Bonilla López, KU Leuven (Belgium), Universidad de Costa Rica; Elke Van Steendam, KU Leuven (Belgium); Dirk Speelman, KU Leuven (Belgium); Kris Buyse, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (K–12): Keith Cothrun, American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
  • ACTFL Wilga Rivers Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (Postsecondary): Peter Swanson, United States Air Force Academy
  • ACTFL-NFMLTA/MLJ Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education: Céline Rose, Brigham Young University (UT)
  • ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in The Teaching of Culture: Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, Boston University (MA)
  • ACTFL Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (K–12): Linda Havas, Greendale Schools (WI)
  • ACTFL Melba D. Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program: Schaumburg School District 54 (IL)
  • ACTFL Edwin Cudecki Award for Support for Language Education: Senator Richard Lugar (posthumous), Former United States Senator from Indiana (1977 – 2013)

Learn more about the ACTFL Professional Awards Program.

The following Appreciation of Service Awards were also given:

  • Lisa Ritter, 2019 ACTFL President
  • Aleidine Moeller, ACTFL Past President, 2019 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Michael Bacon, Treasurer and Member, 2019 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Jill Woerner, Member, 2019 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Sandra Garcia, Member, 2019 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Susan Hildebrandt, Member, 2019 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Anne Nerenz, Editor, Foreign Language Annals, 2012 – 2019

 

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 13,000 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.

 

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Friday, November 22, 2019