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ALEXANDRIA, VA—Martha “Marty” Abbott, ACTFL’s Executive Director, announced recently that she will step down from her position at the end of the year. Abbott has been Executive Director of ACTFL since 2011 and prior to that served as its Director of Education for 8 years.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to stand with the hundreds of thousands of concerned students who marched in Washington, DC, and across the globe this past weekend to shine a light on the issues of gun violence and school safety.

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday afternoon, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending package that funds the government through September.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 100 world language teachers and advocates will gather on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15-16 to meet members of Congress for Language Advocacy Day, an annual summit of administrators, educators, and language industry leaders organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL).

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ACTFL and Chinese Testing International (CTI) have collaborated to create a detailed comparison of the CTI Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and the ACTFL & Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards for Language Teacher Preparation Programs.

NASHVILLE—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Ying Jin, a Chinese teacher at Cupertino High School in the Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, CA, and a representative of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2017 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Nashville on Friday, Nov. 17.

ALEXANDRIA, VA —The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the newly elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors. These members will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2018.

President-Elect: Lisa Lilley Ritter, Springfield (MO) Public Schools (Retired)

At-Large Member: Pam Wesely, University of Iowa

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, a collaborative effort between the two organizations.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics have been released.

Below are the content topics for the 2018 assessment for Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Instructors whose students will be taking AAPPL in one of these languages in the spring of 2018 may wish to create tasks based on these topics as part of their students’ preparation.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — For the third year in a row, more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia have reported a teacher shortage in world languages, an all-time high for the subject area since the Department of Education began collecting data over 25 years ago. In the report, language teaching vacancies are at the top of the list next to other key subject areas like math, science, and special education.

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