Connect With Us


Call for Proposals for the 2018 NECTFL Conference

Date: 2/7/2017



2018 Northeast Conference - February 8-10 in New York City


Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages






Call for Proposals


The 2018 Northeast Conference will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown, February 8-10.  Our aim is to bring together all those involved in the teaching and promotion of world languages, including researchers and educators at every level of education, across the northeast region and beyond. 


The 2018 conference theme is Unleashing the POWer of Proficiency and our program will include invited sessions, featured presentations by distinguished speakers, a variety of topical sessions, along with our #techlab, Research Roundtable, "Best of State" sessions, and more in depth three and six-hour pre-conference workshops.

We welcome all proposals, and especially those with a connection to our conference theme.  The Program Committee will select ten session proposals directly related to deepening an understanding of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the ACTFL Core Practices for special designation as "Featured Presentations."  One "Featured Presentation" will be offered during each of the ten conference sections. 


IF YOU ARE A VENDOR OR SERVICE PROVIDER: please submit your proposal via the same link below.


Time Slot Options:

Thursday: three- or six- hour workshops

Friday and Saturday: one-hour sessions and exhibitor sessions


 Propose your session here!

You will be asked to provide an abstract and description of the proposed presentation (not exceeding 750 characters each). Proposals will be peer reviewed and you should receive feedback by mid- to late summer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thank you!


Pre-conference Workshops

Thursday will feature more in-depth three and six hour workshops.  Proposals with direct connection to the theme will be given priority, but proposals on any relevant topic will be considered. These workshops can feature more opportunities for interaction and offer more in depth treatment of high-interest current issues in world language education.


Featured Sessions

Ten sessions will be designated as "Featured Sessions" and will be highlighted in the program.  These are sessions which the Program Committee has selected for their strong connection to the theme: Unleashing the POWer of Proficiency.  Strong theme-related topics might include:

  • Communicating the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines to learners
  • Deepening understanding of the ACTFL Core Practices
  • Understanding and using the ACTFL/NCSSFL Can-Do Statements
  • Understanding and using the Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication
  • Strengthening Interpersonal mode instruction through pair and group activities
  • Strengthening Interpretive mode instruction using authentic resources
  • Promoting use of target language by teachers and learners
  • Exploring the teaching of grammar as a concept
  • Understanding and using effective corrective feedback techniques
  • Exploring new ways of assessing and evaluating proficiency-based learning

Session proposals submitted for consideration as "Featured Sessions" which are not selected for that designation will then be placed under consideration for selection as General Sessions.



Sessions not specifically aligned to one of the above conference-theme focused strands will be considered in this category.



If you have a technology-related idea that doesn't necessarily fit the hour-long session model or would lend itself well to attendee hands-on learning opportunities, consider presenting in our #techlab, during which multiple presenters will set up in a tech 'fair'. Attendees will have the option of staying at one table or walking around to visit as many as possible. A full description of your presentation will be included in the conference program.


Research Roundtable

If you have a research-related presentation that doesn't necessarily fit the hour-long session model or would lend itself well to interactive discussion, consider presenting in our Research Roundtable, during which multiple presenters will set up in one room, two per table. The hour will be divided into two half-hour time slots. Each presenter will present once, and attendees will have the opportunity to switch tables at the half-hour mark. Interactive discussion will provide dialogic interaction between presenters and attendees.  A full description of your presentation will be included in the conference program.

Exhibitor Sessions
Vendors and service providers renting space in the exhibit hall may submit one session proposal per booth rented. Proposals received after the deadline are subject to availability. Pre-conference workshops are not open to vendors or service providers. (See detailed policy in the Call for Proposals posted to our website.)







Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, NECTFL, 2400 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214


Back to News List:

Our Mission

The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) promotes, advocates for and fosters the teaching and learning of World Languages and Cultures. We support, guide and connect educators, students, policy makers and the public through professional development, scholarship and collaborative initiatives.

Contact Information

James Wildman

Paul M. St. Louis
275 Cedar Swamp Road, Monson, MA 01057