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ACTFL Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with University of Guadalajara

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 ext.119

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — On Sunday, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced a strategic international partnership to expand and enhance foreign language collaboration at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. ACTFL and the Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (CUCSH) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation initiating a new educational alliance to support academic research, new language assessments, and professional development workshops for language instructors at the University.

Leading the delegation was ACTFL Director of Professional Programs, Elvira Swender, along with the CEO of Language Testing International (LTI), Helen Hamlyn. Representatives from the University included CUCSH Dean, Héctor Raúl Solis Gadea and Dora Meléndez Vizcarra, Chair of the Department of Languages.

Together, they see this memorandum as an expression of a common mission: to integrate foreign language proficiency assessments into the overarching goal of a students’ post-secondary education. “This agreement emphasizes the importance of language proficiency as an integral component of the University’s curriculum,” Swender said in a statement. “Expanding this initiative to Mexico has been in the works for several years, and ACTFL is happy to finally see this relationship come to fruition.”

Through this pact, ACTFL will deliver on-site workshops to the University’s languages department in the areas of curriculum development, teaching methods, and assessments. The memorandum also outlines mutually beneficial opportunities for future collaboration through planned events, publications, and other language education services.

In the coming months, ACTFL and CUCSH will be coordinating the implementation of the memorandum to deliver these services and to strengthen their continued coordination.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

Since its founding in 1967, ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.

Date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016