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Mission Statement

The Portuguese Special Interest Group of ACTFL will promote and support Portuguese programs in the U.S.A. through advocacy, networking and articulation. The SIG will assist in the following ways:

  • Promote the Portuguese language and the cultures of  “o mundo lusófono.”
  • Provide a networking system within the organization that would enhance ACTFL’s advocacy for Portuguese programs at all levels
  • (Pre-K through 16 and adult education).
  • Provide services such as ACTFL Conference sessions, news items in the SIG Corner of  “The Language Educator,” space on the ACTFL website, and set up a SIG Discussion Forum.
  • Seek collaboration for sharing resources and creating new teaching materials
  • Connect teachers and students with the Lusophone community in the United States.
  • Promote research in the areas of the Portuguese language, cultures of the Lusophone world and pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with AATSP and other organizations that promote the teaching and learning Portuguese

Current Officers:

Chair: Celia Bianconi, Boston University
Vice-Chair: Silvia Ramos-Sollai, Florida State University
Secretary: Alan Febraio Parma, Florida State University

Read minutes from previous SIG business meetings. Access the Portuguese SIG Online Community eGroup.

If you are already a member of ACTFL and wish to join this SIG, contact us. ACTFL membership includes one free SIG; individuals may join additional SIGs for $5 per year per SIG.

What Our Members Are Saying

I cannot tell you how invaluable these have been for me in my standards work with my district.  I have shared portions of them with my teachers as part of our summer professional development and I am also using the information and philosophies with my curriculum writers this summer.  I feel compelled to thank you all once again for your forethought in providing this amazing resource to all of us in such a 21st Century format!

Sandy Harvey, World Language Coordinator, Fort Bend ISD, Texas