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
Pennsylvania Department of Education – World Languages page.
PA Governor's Institute for World Language Educators – Sponsored by the
PA Department of Education.
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)
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,
PPS ORALS Test Binder (includes one test, 10 transparencies [visual prompts],
master test tape, and teacher manual). This tape-mediated test is available
to school districts (must be ordered on school district stationary) at $25
per binder, please specify language. (French, German, Japanese, or
Spanish). These binders/materials have been used on a limited basis.
Supplies are limited. Checks must be made out to Pittsburgh Public
Schools. Send to Dr. Thekla Fall, Connelley DIS Room 134, 1501
Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15219.
PPS ORALS Online Testing Software contact Chris Dalessandri at
chris@prismaticConsulting.com or see the website
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