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ACTFLAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
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Marty Abbott, director of education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, encourages other states to look for ways to offer more foreign-language instruction.
"It's wonderful to have a language featured in a school as a required part of the curriculum," says Bret Lovejoy, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. "This is a great example of the type of programs we'd like to see throughout the country."
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is leading the celebration of 2005 as The Year of r Languages.
Students "could do their homework and get the grammar 100 percent correct and not understand the sentences they wrote down," says Abbott, who is also immediate past president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. "What we have tried to develop is a generation of language students who can say, 'Yes, I can speak French (or Spanish or Arabic), and I can engage in a conversation with a native speaker.'"
took Spanish in 2000, according to the most recent American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages enrollment survey.
The national standards from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (www.actfl.org) require that students understand languages in cultural contexts, and the Web offers easy access to authentic resources from countries throughout the world.
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