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March 3, 2017
Lead With Languages Campaign Launches

This week, ACTFL launched its national language proficiency awareness and advocacy campaign and website, Lead With Languages, on the heels of the release of two prominent studies about language in the US.

The first study, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education in the 21st Century, calls for a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity and socioeconomic background, and advocates for our nation’s schools to offer meaningful instruction in world languages as early as possible. 

The second study, Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market, provides valuable insight into how the demand for bilingual workers has grown at both the state and national levels, and cites new evidence that proficiency in more than one language will be among the most important skills a job seeker can demonstrate.

To show your support for the campaign, download a badge and put it in your email signature, LinkedIn, or wherever you see fit. , send out your own #leadwithlanguages tweets, and check out its website.

ACTFL will keep you updated on the campaign and its progress!

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OPI Summer Institute Registration Open

Four ACTFL-sponsored OPI workshops have been scheduled at four convenient locations around the country. These workshops introduce the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the OPI and techniques of administering and rating the OPI. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels.

Learn more about the workshops and the languages offered

  • San Diego State University
    4-Day OPI Assessment Workshop
    June 6-9
  • Portland Public Schools (Oregon)
    2-Day MOPI and 4-Day OPI Assessment Workshops
    June 26-27, June 26-29
  • Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA)
    4-Day OPI Assessment Workshop
    June 27-30
  • Glastonbury Public Schools (Connecticut)
    2-Day MOPI Assessment Workshop
    July 17-18


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ACTFL Virtual Learning Modules: View online at our Language Educators' Learning Portal
Executive Committee Pledges Commitment to Linguistic, Cultural, & Religious Diversity

In response to the growing concerns of our members, 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.

Read the rest of the Executive Committee's statement.


Focus on Developing Speaking & Listening Strategies

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Explore your practice with ACTFL’s newest Virtual Learning Module, "Cultivating Connections." The Language and Literacy Collaboration Center is hosting live call-in discussions through May to supplement the VLM. Sign up  for our next call on March 8 at 5 p.m. ET, guided by our expert panelists, Donna Clementi and Paul Sandrock. Come share your questions, ideas, and strategies! 

Connect to more learning and conversations.


Seeking a new opportunity? Upload your resume. Have an opportunity to share? Post jobs and search 1000+ resumes to connect with quality employees. ACTFL Job Central.
Register for an ACTFL/EF Educator Trip

ACTFL and EF’s Educator trips focus on strengthening your language proficiency and cultural competence, and will inspire you to foster your students’ curiosity to explore the world through language.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

  • Language Immersion in Panama, June 26-July 3, 2017
  • Language Immersion in France, June 26-July 5, 2017

You must be an ACTFL member to apply. All expenses are included in the price of the trip.


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Apply for New ACTFL Internship Program

The ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD) invites applications for its Internship Program at ACTFL headquarters in Alexandria, VA. (Proposals for telework may be considered.) This internship is designed as a pathway to the profession; its goal is to help recipients (1) explore the field, (2) develop professional & academic skills, and (3) accumulate experiences that will serve as the foundation for future leadership roles. 

Learn more about duties and candidate qualifications. The application deadline has been extended to April 1.


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ACTFL Seeks Proficiency Assessment Specialists

ACTFL invites qualified individuals to apply to become proficiency testers. Those selected to become testers will be asked to attend training. Attendees are paid an honorarium for their attendance and travel costs will be reimbursed.

In your training, you will be learning to administer and rate Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) according to the ILR scale, which is typically used by the US government. Certified Testers conduct tests as independent contractors for the ACTFL Testing Office, and are paid on a per test basis. As a certified ILR OPI tester, you may be eligible for other freelance/consulting assignments with ACTFL.

Who's eligible: Native speakers of the following languages (Bold indicates urgent need): Afrikaans, Arabic-Libyan, Arabic-Tunisian, Assyrian, Baluchi, Belarusian, Burmese, Chechen, Danish, Dhivehi, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Fon, Fula-Peul, Fula-Toucouleur, Icelandic, Javanese, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Kirundi, Kuwaiti, Lingala, Malayam, Mandingo-Bambara, Mossi, Norwegian, Pahari, Quechua, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Tamazight, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Uighur, and Zulu.

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News In Brief

State Advocacy Team Conference Call:  Join our first quarterly advocacy call on March 8 at 4 p.m. ET to receive the latest legislative updates from around the country, and to find out how you can become more involved! To register for the call, email Program Coordinator Trey Calvin.

Volunteer with ACTFL: In the upcoming weeks, we will be listing available volunteer opportunities on the ACTFL Community. In the meantime, we encourage you to login to the Community and edit your Volunteer Profile and opt-in to the Volunteer Pool. Both can be found under the Volunteer tab in the main menu bar. We look forward to sharing the volunteer opportunities once they are available!

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Aug/Sept 2017 TLE Focus Topic Articles: Remember to send in your articles on Empowering Learners by May 1, 2017.

Become an advocate for World Languages! to get latest updates on mobilization efforts in your state and district.

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