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ACTFL Recognizes Achievements In Language Education

ACTFL is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 ACTFL Professional Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the field of language education.

Seal of Biliteracy Updated Implementation Guidelines Focus on Equity and Expansion

United by a common mission to support language learners and to advocate for languages as an asset for the communities and economies across the US, eight organizations have released updated guidelines for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy.

ACTFL on Nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education

ACTFL applauds President-elect Joe Biden on his nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona, the current Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, as the next Secretary of Education.

Lead with Languages Advocacy Month 2021 Announced

For a fourth consecutive year, ACTFL is celebrating Lead with Languages Advocacy Month in February 2021. As part of its greater mission to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction, each February, ACTFL and its Lead with Languages campaign propose initiatives and digital activities to celebrate the achievements of language advocates from around the country and bring awareness to the value of world language education in the United States.

ACTFL Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism

ACTFL is outraged by the increasing instances of racism and violent hate crimes perpetrated against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people across the United States.

Announcing Three Amazing Keynote Speakers at ACTFL 2021 Virtual

ACTFL announces speakers for 2021 Virtual Convention.

Digital Badge Program to Recognize Language Proficiency

ACTFL and Language Testing International (LTI), the exclusive provider of ACTFL assessments, are pleased to announce a new digital badging program through Credly. Digital badges are now issued to students in higher education institutions and adults completing an official ACTFL proficiency assessment, and may include the associated ACE CREDIT recommendations for the ACTFL assessment taken.

ACTFL Statement in Support of the Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Communities

ACTFL is alarmed by the recent wave of proposed and, in some cases, passed state legislation targeting transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals. This type of legislation is discriminatory, it is born out of hate and scapegoating, and is antithetical to the values of ACTFL and the language education profession. We unequivocally condemn these cruel pieces of legislation.

Remote Assessment for World Language Teaching and Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to many ongoing inequities in education and has raised various challenges for assessing student progress in remote, in-person, and hybrid learning environments. Ensuring learners’ access to online learning and assessments remains a high priority. The myriad challenges of connecting to remote assessments and health, safety, and other considerations for in-person assessments show the complexity of assessment.

Class Size as a Factor Influencing Language Learning

It is evident that class size impacts a multitude of factors related to teacher efficacy and student success across all disciplines, including K-20 World Language education. Communication is at the core of the World-Readiness Standards and students are learning to interact with cultural competence, connect with other disciplines, and use the language to investigate and interact in order to participate in multilingual communities. Maintaining smaller class sizes has a positive effect on student achievement and satisfaction.