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by Marty Abbott, Executive Director, ACTFL

 “Advocacy: Speaking out for Foreign Language Education

 Marty Abbott is currently the Executive Director for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Her career began in Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) where she was a language teacher, foreign language coordinator, and Director of High School Instruction.  She has served on national committees to develop student standards, beginning teacher standards, and performance assessments in foreign languages.  She was President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 2003. She holds her B.A. degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Marty will also be giving the following session on assessment Saturday morning:

  “Assessment to Inform Instruction”                           

What does language performance look like? ACTFL provides a variety of assessments for distinct purposes. Examine examples from assessments of proficiency and performance, assessments tied to units of instruction, and the new assessment of performance (AAPPL). Build understanding of key characteristics of novice, intermediate, and advanced ranges of performance to guide classroom instruction and assessment.


Head of School Opportunity

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SCOLTalk Fall 2014

The fall issue of SCOLTalk, with a 2015 conference preview, has recently been published. Click here to read it.


Call for papers!

The Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language teacher education. Click below for more information.

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Alabama German Teachers & Programs in Alabama

Below is a link to various German programs in Alabama:

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News Flash!

Dr. Sue Barry of Auburn University has been selected as this year's recipient of the ACTFL Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. Dr. Barry was SCOLT's nominee for the award after being selected their Educator of the Year in March.

Sue will receive her award at the ACTFL Awards Ceremony during this year's annual conference in San Antonio, TX. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, November 21 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Grand Hyatt, Texas Ballroom Salon A.

AAFLT is proud to have such an exemplary world language teacher educator represent SCOLT region. Congratulations, Sue!


AAFLT is in search of an Advocacy Chair to do the following:

  • Advocate for foreign language education by educating the public and the media.
  • Defend why students need to learn a foreign language in all levels of school.
  • Monitor the ALSDE and State Board of Education Web sites concerning upcoming legislation and inform the membership if action is necessary via notices to the corresponding secretary and Web master.
  • Address the State Board of Education when necessary.
  • Serve on the ACTFL Alabama state advocacy team.

Interested? Go here!


Part-time Employment Opportunity

EF Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-profit, is hiring exchange coordinators throughout Alabama to bring high school exchange to local communities. Language teachers have the perfect background to work with our exchange students. This is something that can be done while working full time as it is up to the coordinator as to how much they would like to work.

Contact: Angie Redford
Host an exchange student!


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