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Kickstart the School Year with Helena Curtain

Kickstart the School Year with Helena Curtain


2016 ENCORE PERFORMANCE! Summer Oral Proficiency Interview Workshops

Summer 2016 will be the fifth year that ICTFL has offered its members ACTFL Oral Proficiency Workshop Training.  Spend 4 days with certified ACTFL Trainers and learn the descriptors that measure language proficiency.  If your school district has or is considering adoption of the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy, this training will support your teachers as they move your language learners up the proficiency ladder. 


Immerse yourself in Spanish this Summer at EIU!

SPANISH TEACHERS -- Here's something to offer your students going into 10th, 11th or 12th grade who have had at least ONE YEAR of SPANISH.


Immerse yourself in Spanish while enjoying summertime fun and learn what it’s like to live on a college campus!


Summer Arabic Language Program for High School Students in the University of Illinois

Program Information:


The Arabic language has been designated by the US government as critical to our National Security. This summer, high school students can earn 2 University of Illinois credits in just 2 weeks by taking part in our intensive Modern Arabic Language Program which will be held from June 12 to June 25, 2016. Arabic is one of the emerging must-have languages in an increasingly global world, and now it is available to high school students preparing for college.



Travel with ICTFL to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands in 2017

Plan now for an experience you'll never forget . . . Come to our April 7th meeting to learn more!

ICTFL will host Illinois language teachers and their guests on the adventure of a lifetime!  12 spots left!


Serve as a 2016 ICTFL Fall Conference Volunteer

Fall Conference 2016 co-chairs, Kathryn Wolfkiel and Jane Swisher, invite you to join their Conference Committee.  It takes many willing hands and a constant influx of creative ideas to present the quality Conference we do every year.  Even though the general structure of Conference ’16 is in place and many committee members are already in place, more are welcome.


ISBE announces Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy Implementation Rules!

Per the ISBE website, a school district may establish a program to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English, by designating on a student's transcripts and high school diploma his or her receipt of the State Seal of Biliteracy.  To do so, a school district must apply (application PDF below) and follow the ISBE rules and procedures.  The proficiency level required to receive the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy is Intermediate High (see the performance descriptors for this level at



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