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ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce Raghida Dergham as its new Opening General Session Keynote Speaker for the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Washington, DC, on November 22, 2019. Her keynote address is entitled, “Dare to Differ: Empowerment, Respect, and Inclusion.”

ALEXANDRIA, VA— The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) expresses alarm over credible reports of unsafe conditions at migrant detention facilities holding adults, as well as children and minors, throughout the United States. If forced to endure without basic standards of care and adequate education, those in detention (especially the children and minors) will suffer lifelong, irreparable physical and mental harm.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ACTFL is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved the release of a new Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in World Language Teaching and Learning.

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) today announced the findings of its survey that calls attention to the serious foreign language skills gap in the U.S. workforce.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce BBC anchor Katty Kay as the Opening General Session Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Washington, DC.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Institute, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and Virginia Department of Education.

Washington, DC—On March 11, the Trump Administration released its budget request for FY2020, which contains several proposed cuts to major programs vital to the language education community, including but not limited to:

ALEXANDRIA, VA  – ACTFL released the 2019 ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) in all 13 languages for administration in Language Testing International’s (LTI) 2.0  test delivery system.  The core design and fundamental construct of the AAPPL 2.0 remain the same, but it features an updated look and feel and will be delivered through an enhanced test delivery system!

ALEXANDRIA, VA (DECEMBER 3, 2018) -- The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce that Lisa Lilley Ritter will be the new President of ACTFL for 2019. Ritter served as President-Elect for the 2018 term following a three-year term as a member of the ACTFL Board of Directors. Her term as ACTFL President will begin on January 1, 2019.

Alexandria, VA (November 29, 2018) – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the premier organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction, announced today that it has appointed Howard R. (Howie) Berman, MA, CAE as its Executive Director.

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