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What We Publish Statement
ACTFL publications address the ACTFL mission: providing vision, leadership, and support for quality teaching and learning of languages. We encourage research-informed publications that provide educators with guidance on curriculum, assessment and instruction and that serve the interests of instructors, researchers, and/or administrators.
Interested authors/editors submit:
- A CV or resume
- The ACTFL proposal form
- At least one sample chapter
Submitters will receive an automated confirmation at the conclusion of the online submission process, and initial feedback will be sent within six weeks. Within four-six weeks, authors receive feedback from ACTFL regarding the status of the manuscript.
Submitted proposals are reviewed by two experts in the field designated by a central committee. These reviewers use a standardized evaluation rubric which emphasizes the following criteria.
- Does the proposed manuscript make an original contribution to the field?
- Does the proposed manuscript support ACTFL’s mission?
- Is the proposed book sufficiently different – and better – than the competitor books to warrant publication?
- Are all of the topics that should be included in this type of book adequately covered?
- Is the writing style and the reading level satisfactory and appropriate for the intended audience?
- Is the content appropriate for the audience, course, and/or level?
In some cases, a third reviewer may also be engaged to review the submission. Eligible reviewers are current ACTFL members, editors of Foreign Language Annals, and/or members of ACTFL’s committees.
Possible book areas/interests (informed by the research priorities, past publications, and future predictions)
- Foreign Language Teacher Development (methods textbooks and books on continuing education/professional development)
- Preparing for urban settings
- Classroom discourse
- Core teaching practices
- Service learning
- Study abroad
- Content-based instruction
- Immersion language learning/programs
- Heritage language learning programs
- Elementary school programs (e.g. FLES, FLEX, immersion)
- Blended and online learning
- Educational technology
- Social Justice
- Motivation (Psychology and language)
- Action research
- Instructed second language acquisition
- The Standards
- The teaching of particular languages