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TLE Calls for Article Submissions on 2017 Focus Topics

CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

The staff of The Language Educator (TLE) and ACTFL are once again looking forward to presenting excellent and thought-provoking articles in the upcoming issues of the magazine. To this end, we are planning to include a “focus topic” section for each of the four issues of TLE published in 2017.

We are calling for innovative and cutting-edge article submissions coming from varied perspectives related to the topic—reflecting different levels, languages, methods, backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. The articles in this focus section will again be double-blind reviewed by two language education experts, in addition to TLE and ACTFL staff.

If you are interested in submitting an article for an upcoming issue of The Language Educator, please consider the following focus topics:

January/February 2017

Leading Change: Effective Curriculum and Unit Design

Article submissions due Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Curriculum provides a framework for programs to create consistency in the goals to guide language learning and the means to achieve them. What are the challenges to implementing the curriculum through units of instruction? What strategies have been helpful to bring educators together to bring units to life, putting language tools of vocabulary, structures, and functions into purposeful application? From backward design to incorporating 21st century skills, share your examples of what works in designing curriculum and units.

March/April 2017

Exploring Your Practice to Move Learners to the Next Proficiency Level

Article submissions due Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

An important yardstick to evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for the teaching and assessing of learning is how well they help learners move to the next level along the proficiency continuum. A program’s strongest advocacy is showcasing improvement in student performance. Educators need to connect the dots of Can-Do Statements, Proficiency Guidelines, and World-Readiness Standards for learners and programs. How do Can-Do Statements and other tools help educators plan instruction and learners chart progress?

August/September 2017

Empowering Learners

Article submissions due Monday, May 1, 2017

Motivation is a key component in learning. What does “learner-centered instruction” really look like? Technology and real-life applications support motivation and can develop learner autonomy. Learner engagement takes many forms—in and beyond classrooms, with and within other cultures. How do educators empower learners to take responsibility for and build interest in their language learning? How do you help your students become autonomous learners?

October/November 2017

Using Authentic Resources to Support All Three Modes of Communication

Article submissions due Saturday, July 1, 2017

Authentic resources connect learners with the way language is used in real life. How have you supported the development of literacy through the use of a wide variety of texts from original sources, not invented for learners? Share effective strategies for engaging learners with Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational activities based on “investigating, explaining, and reflecting on” engaging content through authentic resources.

We invite your submissions, but please note:

  • We urge you to submit original, previously unpublished articles for these issues directly on the ACTFL website. You will upload your article directly to the site for a specific issue, and you can find more information about formatting and content.
  • Only articles submitted for the focus topic sections will go through a peer-review process.
  • If you would like to submit an article for consideration for The Language Educator that is not meant for a special focus topic section, please upload it here.
  • Focus topic articles, while peer-reviewed, should still follow The Language Educator Author Guidelines and should be written in the style of a magazine feature article, with direct quotes from multiple primary sources and intended to appeal to educators of all languages at all levels. They should not be narrowly focused research articles or dissertations with literature reviews, etc. Please do not submit a paper that is meant for an academic journal; we suggest you send these to 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 12,000 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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016