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AUGUST 11, 2‌01‌7
 
POSITION STATEMENT: ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING
NO REPLACEMENT FOR EDUCATORS; SHOULD SUPPORT, ENHANCE LANGUAGE LEARNING
ACTFL has released an official position statement on the Role of Technology in Language Learning.

From the statement: "ACTFL strongly recommends that a language educator be responsible for the planning, instruction, assessment, and facilitation of any language course, leveraging technology to support language learning. Language instruction is best guided by language educators rather than solely delivered via a computer program or by a non-content specialist."
 
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ACTFL CONVENTION: HOUSING
RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW
 
Planning to attend #ACTFL17? Make your hotel reservations now to get the best rates. Hotels are filling up fast. This year's ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo will be held at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, Nov. 17-19.

For best availability and immediate confirmation, make your reservation online. Requests received via fax or mail take longer to process. All hotel requests are processed on an availability basis. The Nashville Housing Bureau is ACTFL's official housing for 2017.
Special Notice about Housing Scams
You may be contacted by a company (and even one of our convention hotels) claiming they can give our attendees a better rate. These are housing scammers or poachers who prey on exhibitors and attendees of associations. Please know that ACTFL does not give out contact information of our members or exhibitors. In no way do these people represent ACTFL. ACTFL does not make calls or have our housing bureau make calls to attendees and exhibitors to book hotel rooms.
 
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LANGUAGE EDUCATORS' LEARNING PORTAL
two new learning modules available
The Language Educators' Learning Portal, your go-to online professional learning source, introduces two new Virtual Learning Modules (VLMs):

Supporting Use of the Second Language (L2)
Join veteran teaching coach Dawn Samples as she shares practical approaches for interactive experiences in the target language that push your learners to their next level of proficiency. Reflect on the use of L2 in your teaching, how to create meaningful and authentic contexts and tasks, and opportunities for learners to use the L2 daily.
Cost: $59 member, $89 non-member for one year of access

Cultivating Connections: Language Learning and 21st Century Literacies
Explore the exciting intersection of 21st century literacies and language learning. This five-part series, led by Greta Lundgaard and Donna Clementi, guides classroom teachers with specific strategies to build your learners' literacy strategies and 21st century skills in each mode of communication.
Cost: $119 member, $179 non-member for one year of access.
 
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AAPPL ASSESSMENT
SEEKING MENTORS FOR AAPPL RATERS
ACTFL is seeking a team of high energy, collaborative consultants for the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) testing program who share our commitment to principled language assessment and instruction. AAPPL Mentors will serve as mentors to AAPPL Raters; they will also facilitate language-specific norming and readiness activities, participate in item writing and item review processes, and form the AAPPL Quality Assurance Council to address quality assurance needs across the program.

AAPPL Mentors are needed in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Thai. Apply now to be considered.
 
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THE LANGUAGE EDUCATOR
DOWNLOAD THE NEW APP; SEARCH ISSUES BACK TO 2011; SPECIAL Focus topics for 2018
Read archived The Language Educator issues all the way back to 2011 on your mobile device or computer. We've also added a search function to the website and the app. Log in with your ACTFL username and password to access TLE.

Each of the four issues of TLE in 2018 will include a special focus topic section featuring article submissions coming from varied perspectives related to the topic—reflecting different levels, languages, methods, backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. These focus topics will explore recommendations from the Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2017 report, America's Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. Contribute your stories and examples of how language educators are responding to this urgent national language crisis.
 
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PUBLICATIONS
NEW BILL VANPATTEN BOOK now in stock
 
Bill VanPatten's new book, While We're on the Topic: BVP on Language, Acquisition, and Classroom Practice, is now available to order from the ACTFL bookstore. The eBook will be available in late August.

Coming soon: More information and publishing dates for the updated Keys to Planning for Learning, by Donna Clementi and Laura Terrill, and the new Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction, by Leslie Grahn and Dave McAlpine.
 
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MENTORING PROGRAM APPLICATIONS CLOSED
More than 200 mentors and mentees applied for the Mentoring Program this year! The deadline has now passed, but partipating members will be receiving confirmation emails. Mentoring pairings will be completed by the end of August.

VOLUNTEER WITH ACTFL
Looking to get more involved and give back to the profession? We are currently looking for volunteers for a variety of opportunities.

Log in to the ACTFL Community and browse the current opportunities under the Volunteer tab. Make sure to also update your Volunteer Profile with your skills and preferences, so we can invite you to future opportunities when announced. And be sure to opt-in to the Volunteer Pool as well.
 
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