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New Foreign Language Annals Editor Announced

CONTACT: Marty Abbott
(703) 894-2900

Alexandria, VA — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce the new Editor of the Foreign Language Annals (FLA), Dr. Anne Nerenz, outgoing member of the ACTFL Board of Directors. Nerenz will assume this position beginning January 1, 2014.

ACTFL President, Toni Theisen said, “Congratulations to our new Editor of Foreign Language Annals, Dr. Anne Nerenz.  An accomplished leader in our field, Dr. Nerenz’s K-16 expertise as well as her abundant enthusiasm make her an excellent choice to take the Foreign Language Annals journal to new heights as a leading research resource for the 21st century.  ACTFL is honored to have such a powerful professional serve in this position.”

Nerenz, who has served on the ACTFL Board as representative of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) since 2011, is a professor in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University, where she directs the K–12 Foreign Language Teacher Certification program in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in world language pedagogy and supervises student teachers in all six languages during their practicum experiences. Nerenz also chaired the department’s recent NCATE accreditation process, helping to design assessments, monitor data collection, and prepare the final report. Nerenz holds a secondary teaching certificate in French and English and has also taught French at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels. She received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979.

A frequent presenter at national, regional, and state world language conferences, Nerenz is a co-author of the Michigan Merit Curriculum Credit/Experience Guidelines (2007) and the Michigan Standards and Benchmarks for World Languages (2007). She has served CSCTFL in a variety of capacities, including chair of the Board of Directors, editor of the CSCTFL Report, program chair, and local arrangements chair. Nerenz is also a past president of the Michigan World Language Association and is part of the annual conference planning team.

Nerenz has received numerous awards for professional excellence. In 2009, she received the ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. She has also received the Barbara Ort-Smith Award, presented by the Michigan World Language Association in recognition of her dedication to foreign language education and commitment and service to foreign language teachers and professional language associations in Michigan, the Eastern Michigan University Award for Scholarly and Creative Work, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities, and the Eastern Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Award. In her career as a public school teacher, Nerenz was the recipient of the Sauk Prairie High School (WI) Teacher of the Year Award.

Nerenz has been acting as interim editor of the journal for the past year. She is assisted in this endeavor by Managing Editor Michael Everson.

Foreign Language Annals is the official journal of ACTFL, first published in 1967. The FLA is a refereed journal published four times per year. Dedicated to the advancement of language teaching and learning, the journal seeks to serve the professional interests of classroom instructors, researchers, and administrators concerned with the learning and teaching of languages at all levels of instruction.

View the Foreign Language Annals.

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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013