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Rick Steves to Keynote ACTFL Annual Convention in San Diego

CONTACT: Julia Richardson
(703) 894-2900 x104

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced today that Rick Steves, renowned guidebook author and travel television host, will deliver the keynote address during the Opening General Session of its Annual Convention on Friday morning, November 20, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center. The focus of his address will be, "Developing a Global Perspective through Travel".

Widely regarded as America's most respected authority on European travel, Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 80 full-time, well-travelled employees at his headquarters in Washington. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." Over the past 20 years, Steves has compiled an impressive library of resources as he has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, produced weekly hour-long national public radio shows, weekly syndicated columns, and put together travel information available through his travel center and website. His television series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of US markets.

"I am excited that our convention attendees will have the opportunity to hear Rick Steves discuss our common mission of setting our learners on the course of developing intercultural competence. This will be a great way for us to kick off our convention." said Jacque Bott Van Houten, ACTFL President.

The ACTFL Annual Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and segments of the field. It features more 700 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of topics, as well as more than 250 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services of interest to language teachers. To learn more or to register, visit www.actfl.org/convention-expo.

Media wishing to apply for credentials should contact Julia Richardson at jrichardson@actfl.org.

More about Rick Steves.

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 12,500 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, May 12, 2015