Call for Sessions: “It’s Showtime: Spotlight on Core Practices in Language Learning”

ICTFL Fall Conference 2016  - “It’s Showtime: Spotlight on Core Practices in Language Learning”

October 20 - 22 • Tinley Park Convention Center



WinterFest / WinterFLES 2016

This workshop is a MUST for all who are striving to have their students embark on their road to language proficiency.  It doesn’t matter if your students are 6 or 16 or even 60, the stages of proficiency are the same, only your teaching presentation will be different.  For this reason, after covering some general points common to all, the group will break into levels being taught to better address the needs of the different aged students.  REGISTER NOW.


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.

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

We're announcing it today . . .

In exactly 500 days, ICTFL will host Illinois language teachers and their guests on the adventure of a lifetime! 

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.


AATSP Winter Workshop 2016

This AATSP 1/2 day workshop is a wonderful way to brighten up your winter with professional development for Spanish teachers that serves all levels. The program offers 3 hours of 2 concurrent sessions to choose from. Presentations include 

  • Reading and Writing strategies for Heritage Learners
  • 1 : 1 Technology and How to Enhance language learning
  • Reading at the upper levels 
  • OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) What? and Why?
  • Speaking Treats for your Bag of Tricks
  • 4 Make-and-take Hispanic crafts



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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