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Connect to ICTFL's Affiliate Organizations!
ICTFL is proud to connect you to our affiliate organizations that provide further professional support.  
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Illinois State Board of Education - Illinois Learning Standards for Foreign Languages
 

Looking for more? Check out the following resources which have been categorized, inclusive of those sites which are language-specific.
 
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
The American Council  on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 9,000 foreign language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
 
Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Founded and incorporated in 1969, the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) is a regional foreign language organization that serves 17 Midwestern states through its annual spring conference known as "The Friendly Conference."  CSCTFL serves the seventeen states of: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
 

Advocacy
 
The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL-NCLIS)
This is the site for those who want to know what's happening in the area of Advocacy.  The mission of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) is that the member organizations of JNCL-NCLIS are united in their belief that all Americans must have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language.
JNCL would like to announce a new section on the website that includes resources and information about study abroad.  The URL is http://www.languagepolicy.org/advocacy/study_abroad.html and can be found from the homepage (www.languagepolicy.org), or under the Advocacy section of the site.  Please check out this new addition and wealth of information. 
 
National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL)
NADSFL serves to promote excellence in foreign language education for all learners through professional development of foreign language supervisors. The organization's website provides news, discussions and networking opportunities of benefit to all foreign language educators. 
 
National Council of State Supervisors for Foreign Languages (NCSSFL)
The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), a professional association of leaders in the field of elementary and secondary foreign language education, firmly advocates for the inclusion of foreign language education in the school curriculum for ALL students, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve and beyond.
 
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Technology & Teaching Resources
 
LinguaFolio
LinguaFolio is a portfolio assessment instrument designed to support individuals in setting and achieving their goals for learning languages.
 
Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
The Center of Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University was established in 1996 as a Language Resource Center (LRC) through a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. As an LRC, CLEAR strives to promote and support the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States through its various projects and outreach activities.
 
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.  CARLA offers wonderful programs for language teachers during the summer.
 
Open Culture
Open Culture, a resource website for free cultural and educational media online.  Site includes links to audio and video collections, audio books, university courses, foreign language lessons, ideas and culture podcasts, YouTube videos and more.  There's even "an App" for iPhone.
 
FL Teach - Foreign Language Teaching Forum
The Foreign Language Teaching Forum is an integrated service for FL teachers.
 
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global  economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).
 
Seal of Biliteracy
 
The TELL Project - Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning - an incredible bank of resources to measure your effectiveness as a language educator.  Dovetails with Marzano and Danielson with easy checklists for non-language administrators.
 
Jim Becker's World Language Links
Hundreds of World Language links.
 
Vistawide - World Languages & Culture
Vistawide provides free information and resources for foreign language learners and enthusiasts of all ages.
 
BBC - Languages
This is a great resource for teachers and students who want to challenge and expand their language skills and knowledge.  Includes online language courses (and essential phrases in 36 languages), a "Home Page" for teachers, grammar tools, "Phrase of the Day," foreign-language TV and more. 
 
Library of Classroom Practices
A video library for K-12 foreign language teachers; 28 half-hour and 2 one-hour video programs, library guide, and Web site.
 
Internet Activities for Foreign Language Classes - Foreign Language Culture-based Lesson Plans
The following Internet-based lesson plans were created for foreign language classes by participants in the Technology Workshops of the California Foreign Language Project and the California Language Teachers Association.  These sites include cultural activities with corresponding reference websites for Spanish, French, German, Latin, Japanese, Chinese and more.  Teachers may print out worksheets, copy them and distribute them to students.
 
Illinois State University - Listing of Links for Foreign Language Teachers
Created by participants for Illinois State Univeristy, this site is a list to connect foreign language teachers to thematic lesson plans, museums, proficiency testing information as well as a myriad of other resources for teachers of primarily Spanish and French, although there are links to German, Basque, Latin, Japanese and more.
 
 
NNELL - National Network for Early Language Learning
The Mission of the National Network for Early Language Learning is to provide leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching. Since its founding in 1987, NNELL continues to be an invaluable resource for educators, parents and policymakers advocating for K-8 programs of excellence in second language education.
 
Modern Language Association - MLA - Language Map
The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States
 

Language Specific - CHINESE
 
eChinese Learning - Live Teachers from China
As a world's premier professional online Chinese school, eChineseLearning certificate is recognized worldwide by many employers and institutions. In the past, graduates of our programs have been granted credits by certain U.S. schools. If a student successfully completes a program for a required period of time, he/she will be awarded for a certificate from eChineseLearning.
 
CLASS:  Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools, U.S.A.
CLASS offers a platform for K-12 teachers to communicate with each other, exchange ideas, and network with members for the purpose of encouraging more students to learn Chinese. One of our main goals is to ensure that the teaching of Chinese becomes an integral part of the mainstream American educational system.
 

Language Specific - FRENCH
 
Alliance Francaise de Chicago
Chicago’s French cultural and learning center dedicated to the study of French language, cultural exchange, and friendship between Americans and French speaking people.
 
French Culture - Official website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy - Chicago
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promote the best of French arts, literature, and education to cultural and academic institutions across the United States, with a strong focus on the contemporary.   
 

Language Specific - GERMAN
 
Goethe-Institut Chicago
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life.
 
DANK-HAUS - German American Cultural Center - Chicago
DANK Chicago was founded in 1959 as a chapter of the nation-wide organization German American National Congress. With a chapter membership of over 800, DANK Chicago represents Americans of German descent, their friends and families and the public in general.
 

Language Specific - JAPANESE
 
The Japan American Society of Chicago
The Japan America Society of Chicago creates and promotes Japanese and American friendships. We do this through business, social, educational and cultural activities. We are the only organization in Chicago that touches all of these areas in American and Japanese relationships.
 

Language Specific - SPANISH
 
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
The Instituto Cervantes is a public not-for-profit institution founded by the Government of Spain in 1991 to promote Spanish language teaching and knowledge of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries throughout the world. It is now the largest international Spanish teaching organization, and has more than 60 centers in 4 continents. The Instituto Cervantes was awarded with the Príncipe de Asturias Prize in 2005 in the category of Humanities and Communication.
 
National Museum of Mexican Art
The mission of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) is to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through sponsoring events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican culture; to develop, preserve, and conserve a significant permanent collection of Mexican art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and to offer arts education programs.