ACTFL Language Connects: 

ACTFL Language Connects is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 13,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.

 Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies

JNCL - NCLIS leadership understands the multifaceted language landscape, from education to industry. Together with our membership, we form an all-inclusive network of language professionals raising public awareness and profile of the positive benefits of multilingualism.

The team analyzes federal & state legislation, provides policy recommendations to decision-makers on Capitol Hill, and tracks the budget & appropriations process in Congress. Empower stakeholders by connecting them with members of Congress to advance the language agenda in the U.S.  As they say, "If you're not at the table, then you're on the menu." By becoming a member of JNCL-NCLIS you not only support our shared mission, you actively shape it. Whether you are an individual supporter or the leader of your organization, you have a place at the table. 

Every February, Language Advocacy Day brings advocates from across the country to our annual policy summit and lobby-day in Washington, DC. 

"Lobby-day" is when advocates meet with their Congressional offices to raise awareness of our goals.


The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching

The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching is a regional foreign language teachers' organization that hosts an annual conference in partnership with state foreign language teacher associations. The participating states in SWCOLT are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

The purposes of the organization include:

  • Disseminating and publicizing information, data, and materials which promote, develop, and enhance the study and teaching of languages together with their literatures and cultures
  • Cooperating with state, national, and international organizations whose purpose is to enhance second language study and teaching
  • Recognizing and publicizing excellence in second language study and teaching
  • Promoting the work and interest of state language organizations


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