Call for 2022-2023 Research Priorities Proposals

DEADLINE: June 15, 2023

The purpose of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research on six priority areas that are currently critical to improving World Language education. Proposals can initiate a new research study, support/expand a study under way, or explore an emerging research area that is connected to one or more Research Priority areas. The research priorities are listed in alphabetical order and are of equal importance. The research grants are funded by ACTFL. Below each priority area is a list of sample research topics; research studies need not be limited to these topics.

Assessing Learning Outcomes in K-16 Settings

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Articulation and learning outcomes within and across K-16 programmatic and curricular sequences
  • Assessment of learning outcomes in relation to an instructional practice
  • Study of learning processes and interactions
  • Learner voices and experiences
  • Influences of class size and course offerings

Equity and Access in Language Learning

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Heritage language learners
  • Language preservation
  • Disability and access in language education
  • Underrepresented/historically underserved populations in language learning
  • Multiculturalism, multilingualism and translanguaging
  • Social justice, anti-racism, critical and culturally sustaining pedagogies in the world language classroom

Equity and Access in Language Teaching

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Access, recruitment and retention of teachers
  • Mentoring
  • Underrepresented/historically underserved populations in language teaching
  • Preparing language teachers for diverse settings (e.g., online, urban, mixed level classrooms) and populations
  • Barriers to the language teaching profession

Immersion/Dual Language and Heritage Language Programs

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Content-based instruction
  • Sustaining student enrollment
  • Articulation to secondary and post-secondary
  • Bi/Multilingualism and bi/multiliteracy
  • Building and sustaining administrator capacity

Intercultural Teaching and Learning

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Content and pedagogies
  • Development of intercultural and global competence
  • Learning contexts (service learning/study abroad)
  • Intercultural Can-do Statements

K-16 Language Educator Development

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Teacher education and certification programs
  • Post-secondary language faculty development
  • Professional development and continuing education (e.g., target language use in the classroom, pedagogical content knowledge, core practices)
  • Mentoring
  • Practitioner research (e.g., action research, exploratory practice)

When is the deadline? The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 5 PM Eastern Time.

Who can apply? ACTFL members may submit one application as a first author and be listed as a second or third author on one additional application. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received an award within the past three years.

What will happen next? The Research and Assessment Committee will review proposals and select projects. Applicants will be informed of the selections in early September 2023. Selected studies will receive a grant of up to $3,800 from ACTFL to help defray some of the research costs. Recipients are expected to apply to present their research at the 2024 ACTFL Convention and agree to grant Foreign Language Annals right of first refusal of any articles that emerge from the research.

Awardees will receive an initial grant of $2,500 and the remainder upon submission of the research article to Foreign Language Annals and the completion of a short report.

Please provide the following information.

Principal Researcher Contact Information

Only one email address may be used per project.

Address Information:
Check if the Mailing Address is the same as the Institution Address listed above.
Please list the Institution Address below.
Please provide the names of other members of the research team, if applicable, with their email, and name of institution.
Other members of the research team: Other member email address: Other members name of institution:
a. Justification for the study and its connection to a specific research priority area
b. Brief statement on theoretical framework that supports the research
c. Research question(s) (no more than 3)
d. Research design and method(s) of data collection
e. Anticipated participants and/or desired type of research site
f. Estimated duration of project
g. Brief description of your qualifications for conducting this study.
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Note: All elements must be included. Proposals that do not explain how the study addresses a research priority area will not be considered.

The maximum filesize is 400 MB for this field. File Formats accepted are PDF, TXT, and MSWord.

Proposals must be received electronically by ACTFL by June 15, 2023 at 5 pm, Eastern time.