Welcome to the ICTFL Professional Community of Language Educators!

Welcome to the wonderful world of ICTFL professional news and activities! The Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages welcomes you. It is the ICTFL goal to provide you with a user-friendly, interactive, up-to-date website to help you in your foreign language classroom. Please explore the site and contact us with your comments and suggestions.

Help us map the future of ICTFL Professional Development!

To better serve our members, we are asking you for your opinions and suggestions.  Please fill out this survey and submit it by Nov. 8, 2016.  Anyone who chooses to include his/her contact information at the end of this survey will be eligible to win a year's complimentary membership to ICTFL in a random drawing.  Ten such memberships will be awarded.  Winners will be announced in an eBlast.

2017 Fall Conference Presentations - Online access

Thank you to all of the presenters at the 2016 ICTFL Fall Conference.   Several of our presenters are offering their presentations online at www.pinterest.com/IllinoisCouncil.    If you're a 2016 presenter and would like to further share your presentation and/or materials, email these to socialmedia.ictfl@gmail.com .

2017 National Foreign Language Week Posters

2017 National Foreign Language Week Posters

National Foreign Language Week, March 5-11, 2017 

Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society & Official Sponsor of the Week, announces that the 2017 NFLW Poster will be available for purchase as of the beginning of November.  The poster is 18”x24” and is available with or without a date.  The theme for 2017 is  Find the Missing Piece.  Learn a Language                            

EURO CHALLENGE euro-challenge.org

EURO CHALLENGE              euro-challenge.org

An exciting educational competition and opportunity for high school students to learn about the European Union and the euro

Teacher Orientation/Information Workshop

Friday, November 11, 2016

12:00—4:00 pm

Chicago Area Chapter AATSP 37th Oral and Artistic Contest

The Chicago Area Chapter AATSP will host the 37th oral and artistic contest that honors the memory of a past president, Fenando Mendoza. The poster contest is open to students in grades 6-12 and the Poetry Contest is for students 1st - Jr. College. The event is on November 19th at Niles North High School. All information and entry forms are on the site: chicagoaatsp.org

all registration forms and monies need to be sent to: 

A few spots remain! Join the ICTFL 2017 Professional Learning Tour to Ecuador & the Galapagos

ICTFL is very excited to share our 2017 ICTFL Professional Learning Opportunity in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  We are partnering with EF to bring a very unique tour to our members that includes an optional opportunity to partner with a fellow Ecuadorian teacher during the 2016-17 school year.

Highlights of the 12-day tour include:

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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The Seal of Biliteracy is "A Game Changer" - Ed Week

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