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ALEXANDRIA, VAIn a world where U.S. companies contend in a hypercompetitive global marketplace, where our nation is diplomatically and militarily engaged across the globe, and where tackling complex global challenges requires a greater level of international understanding and cooperation, the ability to communicate in different languages and understand other cultures has never been more vital. Yet, fewer than 10 percent of Americans speak a second language, while barely one-fifth of K-12 students and a mere 8 percent of college students study a second language.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — In response to the growing concerns of our members, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) reiterates its strong commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity as qualities that must be embraced in the U.S. and throughout the world. We stand with the entire language education community in underscoring our key values of collaboration, honoring multiple perspectives, and a free and open exchange of ideas.

ALEXANDRIA, VA —The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has released two position statements to express its stance on computer coding and foreign languages.

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, 2017.

President-Elect: Aleidine (Ali) J. Moeller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

At-Large Member: Susan A. Hildebrandt, Illinois State University

At-Large Member: Michael Bacon, Portland (OR) Public Schools

BOSTON—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recognized outstanding contributions to the field of language education with an award presentation on Friday evening, Nov. 18, at the 2016 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston.

ACTFL Past-President Jacque Bott Van Houten presided over the awards ceremony, which was held in honor of 2016 ACTFL President Pete Swanson. The following awards were presented:

Global Engagement Initiative Recognition Awards

BOSTON—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2017 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Katrina Griffin, a German teacher at North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD, who represents NECTFL. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2016 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston on Friday, Nov. 18.

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- ACTFL Executive Director Martha G. Abbott has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Security Education Board.

Abbott will serve a four-year term on the board.

“It is truly an honor to be appointed by the President to serve in this capacity on the National Security Education Board advising on the important work of building our nation's linguistic and cultural capacity,” Abbott said.

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.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) acknowledges the success of the third annual Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute. In addition to the regular four-day OPI Assessment Workshops, two MOPI (modified) workshops were added to accommodate the increased demand for proficiency training in the K-12 community.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics for ACTFL's 2017 performance assessment have been released.

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