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ACTFL Research Priorities Phase II Participants/Topics Announced

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA (July 24, 2013) – Eight recipients/teams have been chosen to participate in Phase II of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project, to conduct research during the 2013-14 academic year. The purpose of the Phase II project is to support empirical research on five priority areas that are critical to improving foreign language education including the following: FL teacher preparation model programs, profiles of high-performing FL teachers, language use in the community, mentoring K-16 FL teachers and classroom discourse, and high-leverage teaching practices. The researchers and topics they will address are:

  • Kristin Davin (Loyola University, IL) & Francis Troyan (Ohio State University): Implementation of High-Leverage Teaching Practices by FL Teacher Candidates
  • Frank B. Brooks (Indiana University of PA) & Mark Darhower (North Carolina State University): Attainment of the Oral Proficiency Standard: Successful FL Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Fengning Du & Qi Wang (Defense Language Institute, CA): Informal Mentoring of New Teachers: Characteristics, Processes, Support
  • Erin Kearney (University at Buffalo, NY): Connecting High-Level Teaching Practices to Student Learning Outcomes
  • Juyoung Song (Murray State University, KY), Enju Na (New York University), Jeyseon Lee (University of California at San Diego), Hakyoon Lee (Emory University, GA), & Dukhyun Nam (Pusan National University, South Korea): The Relationship Between Writing Practices Within the Classroom and in TL Communities: A Sociolinguistic Study
  • Heather J. Hendry (University of Pittsburgh): Content-Based Instruction in the Elementary School: Challenges and Connections to Student Performance
  • Susan A. Hildebrandt (Illinois State University) and Pete Swanson (Georgia State University): Researching the edTPA in World Language Teacher Preparation Programs in Light of Existing Measurements of Student Teaching Performance
  • Michelle Bettencourt (University of North Carolina at Asheville): Researching the Impact of Service Learning on Learning Outcomes and Beyond

The project researchers for Phase II of Research Priorities will be recognized at the Research Plenary during the 2013 ACTFL Convention in Orlando, FL, November 22-24. The Research Plenary at the 2014 ACTFL Convention in San Antonio will focus on selected projects from Phase II. Follow-up sessions will be held at which time researchers/research teams will present their projects and findings.

Eileen Glisan (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Richard Donato (University of Pittsburgh) are co-directors of the Research Priorities Project.

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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.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013