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ACTFL Releases Position Statements on World Languages and Computer Coding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA —The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has released two position statements to express its stance on computer coding and foreign languages.

The first position statement, “What is a World Language,” offers a concrete definition and specific criteria to determine what constitutes a world language.

The second position statement, “Supporting the Study of World Languages and Computer Science,” advocates the study of both world languages and computer science as essential but not equivalent skills. It will serve as a reference for educators and legislators alike as this topic is discussed in state legislatures.

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.

Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017