Primary Grant Focus

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is a membership organization comprising U.S. language educators, students, and administrators from elementary through graduate education. ACTFL’s project, World Languages: Connecting the Common Core Across Disciplines, uses an online network to connect teams of world language teachers, and colleagues from other disciplines, for the purpose of engaging in online professional development and sharing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) best practices. As part of this online network, ACTFL is developing a virtual collaboration center to support teachers who wish to integrate language learning with CCSS-aligned ELA/literacy strategies through interdisciplinary instructional units connecting with a variety of academic content areas.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

ACTFL’s virtual center, Languages and Literacy Collaboration Center (LLCC), is designed to support the collaboration and professional learning of world language teachers and teachers of other disciplines. The Center includes:

  • asynchronous and synchronous professional development webinars on literacy with language learning, plus seminars on designing and implementing action research/collegial inquiry;
  • a library of model lessons and thematic units and the written, oral, and visual texts in various languages incorporated into the model lessons and units, with suggestions on how to use these texts in instruction; and
  • a community space where teachers can interact with colleagues to share ideas and best practices in integrating CCSS into units of instruction, monitored as a “help desk.”

General Information

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact Person: Paul Sandrock, Director of Education
Email: psandrock@actfl.org
Phone: (703) 894-2900
www.actfl.org/languages-literacy
Term of Grant: July 2014 – December 2015
Grantee Initiative: World Languages:  Connecting the Common Core Across Disciplines
Region: National
Subject Area: World (Foreign) Language, Literacy
Education Levels: K-16