Professional Organizations – General
PSMLA – Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association – Annual state
conferences, local workshops and other professional development opportunities,
advocacy for language learning at the state and district level.
ACTFL – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) –
ACTFL Scale, National standards, annual conference and regional workshops,
proficiency guidelines and Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI), Integrated
Performance Assessments (IPAs).
NECTFL – Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language –
Annual regional conferences, typically in New York City or Washington, DC.
FLTeach – Foreign Language Teachers Forum – On-line professional
development website, very active email list (listserv) with national and
Professional Organizations – Language Specific
AATF – American Association of Teachers of French
AATG – American Association of Teachers of German, “supersite” for many
AATI – American Association of Teachers of Italian,
AATSEEL—American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern
AATSP – American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
ACL – American Classics League
ACTR – American Council of Teachers of Russian
ASLTA – American Sign Language Teachers Association
CLTA – Chinese Language Teachers Association
JNCL—Joint National Council on Languages
NCJLT—National Council of Japanese Language Teachers
TESOL – Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages
CALPER – Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research
CLEAR – The Center for Language Education & Research hosts summer
workshops for World Language teachers through Michigan State University.
CARLA – The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition provides
summer institutes for language teachers. For more information, check out their
CAL – The Center for Applied Linguistics offers a host of resources, including
guidebooks, tests, the SOPI (Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview), and
information heritage language learning and less commonly taught languages
FLTEACH – www resources for foreign language teachers
NFLRC—National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center at Iowa State
UCLA Language Resource Center – National foreign language resource center
and pioneers in Heritage Language instruction.
Technology Enhanced Language Learning
CALICO – Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
IALLT – International Association of Language Learning Technologies
PA Department of Education Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Education – World Languages page.
2009 Standards Aligned System (SAS) – to help districts with standards-
based curriculum development.
http://www.pde.state.pa.us/pde_internet/site/default.asp?g=0 (click SAS
box on right, then World Languages box on left)
PA Governor's Institute for World Language Educators – Sponsored by the
PA Department of Education.
NEED URL for copies of lesson plans from Governor inst!!!
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Learn more about
becoming nationally certified in your field.
Millersville University – Intensive summer language programs for teachers of
French, German, and Spanish.
University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Institute for Slavic Languages – Intensive
summer programs for Russian and other East European languages.
Books & Publications
Order through CAL (www.cal.org)
SOPI Test Development Handbook
SOPI Self-instructional Rater Training Kits (available for 7 languages)
As well as many other tests and publications
Order through ACTFL (www.actfl.org )
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (revised 1999)
The Five Cs: The Standards for Foreign Language Learning Work Text
by June K. Phillips & Jamie B. Draper (1999)
INCLUDE IPA GUIDE OR INFO
Articles from PSMLA (psmla.org)
“Authentic Assessment in Second Language Learning” by Bonnie Adair-
Hauck, Ph.D. 1996. The Pennsylvania Language Forum
“Investigating the Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) as an
Assessment Tool for Second Language Oral Proficiency” by Bonnie
Adair-Hauck, Ph.D. 1998. The Pennsylvania Language Forum.
Order through the Center for Performance Assessment
Making Standards Work: How to Implement Standards-Based
Assessments in the Classroom, School, and District by Douglas B. Reeves,
Oral Proficiency Test (CD with PowerPoint test, audio, teacher manual, script)
This is a SOPI-type test. $20 per CD, please specify language--French,
German, Japanese, or Spanish. Dr. Thekla Fall, 1089 Firwood Drive,
Pittsburgh PA 15243
Online Testing Software see the website
This online assessment program simplifies test creation, administration
and rating/scoring. The company offers both purchase or hosting
packages. See www.owlts.com for information.
To order additional copies of the
PSMLA Standards and Guide to Assessment: What to Teach and How to Test It!
or for more information about its contents see www.psmla.org