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June 10, 2017
Are you a new educator seeking a mentor?

The 2017-2018 Mentoring Program is currently accepting mentee applications. This unique membership benefit pairs a member in their first five years of teaching with a veteran teacher. The Mentoring Program provides a way for educators to connect, share knowledge and wisdom, and to help strengthen skills and teaching abilities.

Mentor pairs are matched based on languages taught, location, and level. Mentee applications are being accepted until Monday, July 31. You must have a current ACTFL membership to participate in the program and remain a member for the duration of the program. There are no additional fees or costs to apply or participate.

This program has become so popular that we are no longer accepting mentor applications, but please pass this invitation along to any new educators in your network!


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Convention program now available online


You can now browse the full convention program for the 2017 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Nov. 17-19.

Just log in and follow the instructions. Use the "search" feature to filter and find specific sessions, or select "view all" to browse the entire program. Don't forget to create your personal itinerary!

Make sure to register by July 12 to take advantage of the early bird registration savings, and remember to book your hotel room by October 25 to receive a discounted room.

See you in Nashville for #ACTFL17!


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Reserve your spot at East Coast OPI workshops

ACTFL's OPI Summer Institute has openings in its East Coast workshops. 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. Participants may apply for ACTFL OPI tester certification after successful completion of the workshop.

Learn more about the workshops and the languages offered

  • Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA)
    4-day OPI Assessment Workshop
    June 27-30
    Openings in French, Spanish

  • Glastonbury Public Schools (Glastonbury, CT)
    2-Day MOPI Assessment Workshop
    July 17-18
    Openings in English-Mixed Language, Spanish


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ACTFL Virtual Learning Modules: View online at our Language Educators' Learning Portal
Download TLE app to read on your tablet, phone

You can now read The Language Educator on your mobile device. Search in the Apple, Amazon, and Google app stores to download the TLE app for free.

Log in with your ACTFL username and password to access 2016 and 2017 issues. We're working on converting the rest! If you're not sure of your login, contact





ACTFL signs coalition response to President's FY18 budget, which would eliminate SSAE grant programs


As part of the Title IV, A Coalition, ACTFL has signed a response to President Trump’s proposed elimination of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, in his fiscal year 2018 budget.

Excerpt: "The President’s decision to eliminate this program––before districts have received their FY17 SSAE allocations or had a chance to implement the program––is a clear sign that this Administration has no intention of supporting America’s public schools and the 90% of students and educators who attend them."

Tell your representatives that you support full funding of the SSAE grant program.

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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.
Annual Report 2016: ACTFL's Year in Review


ACTFL 2016 Annual Report


ACTFL's 2016 Annual Report is online-only and mobile-friendly this year.

The report contains a letter from the President and Executive Director, a recap of the 50th anniversary celebration and the 2016 Convention, an overview of programs & services (with performance metrics), and much more.


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STARTALK Program Design Institute


ACTFL is now accepting applications for the 2017 STARTALK Program Design Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Do you have a weekend or summer language program in your local community? Do you serve native or heritage learners? Would you like to expand your program capacity to provide year-long instruction? The third annual STARTALK Program Design Institute: New Languages-New Opportunities offers the coaching and guidance necessary to help you navigate the challenges of long-term program growth.


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Get involved: 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.

Opportunities will be posted regularly, so check back often.


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Join our team: Principal Assessment Specialist

ACTFL is seeking a principal assessment specialist for its Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD). This position is based at ACTFL headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Project Management: Managing development of test content, creating detailed work plans, and overseeing the production of test materials
  • Validity and Reliability Assurance: Coordinating needs analyses and content reviews, and working with CARD team to gather data, publish and disseminate validity arguments for ACTFL tests
  • Capacity Building within ACTFL: Creating necessary infrastructure and training staff
  • Outreach: Building awareness and encouraging use of new ACTFL assessments

 For more details, see the full job description.


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Train to be a Proficiency Assessment Specialist

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.

Who's eligible: Native speakers of the following languages:

Haitian-Creole, Ilocano, Korean, Krio (Sierra Leone Creole), Nepali, Persian-Farsi, Spanish, Swahili, and Yoruba can apply here.

Albanian, Baluchi, Bulgarian, Chechen, Danish, Dhivehi, Dutch, Fon, Finnish, Fula-Toucouleur, Fula-Peul, Ga, Gujarati, Greek, Estonian, Ewe, Hiligaynon, Hmong, Icelandic, Kazakh, Kashmiri, Kirundi, Kurdish (Sorani and Kurmanji), Lingala, Luganda, Malayam, Mossi, Norwegian, Quechua, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovenian, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Turkmen, and Uighur can apply here.

The training will teach native speakers how 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.


News In Brief


Submit your Special Focus Topic articles by July 1: For TLE's October/November issue, the Special Focus Topic is "Using Authentic Resources to Support All Three Modes of Communication." Learn more or submit your article

Can you answer this in fewer than 150 words? Here's TLE's So You Say question for its next issue: How do educators empower learners to take responsibility for and build interest in their language learning? Tell stories of times when you empowered language learners to be more engaged, more autonomous, or more motivated. Send in your answers!

Future Language Educators Kit: Looking for ACTFL information for your methods students or future language educators? Share our new Future Language Educators Kit about available ACTFL programs and products that will help with their teaching journey.

Membership Phone Calls: Membership just lapsed or due to renew soon? You may receive a phone call on behalf of ACTFL to remind you to renew your membership. You are more than welcome to renew with our outreach organization (BrightKey) or you can renew directly through us. Please email with any questions about renewing. Not sure of your renewal date? Log in to the ACTFL website! Your renewal date can be found in the My ACTFL portal.  

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