Explore World Language Education at the ACTFL Conference

Jessica McLean

Explore World Language Education at the ACTFL Conference

Did you know that only 1 in 5 students were enrolled in a foreign language course during the 2014–2015 school year? A recent study[i] conducted by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences found that monolingual students are at risk for social and economic disadvantages in our increasingly multilingual and global society. In an effort to make foreign language instruction more available to educators and students, Fuel Education is honored to be a part of the annual ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) conference this month.

The conference will be held Friday, November 17, through Sunday, November 19, at Music City Center in Nashville, TN. ACTFL brings together language educators to provide them with 800+ inspiring sessions on innovation, researched practices, and emerging topics in the world language domain. In preparation for the upcoming event, we’ve put together a list of tips to make your weekend at ACTFL worthwhile!

  1. Map Out Your Weekend

With a weekend as full as this one, you’ll want to pinpoint the sessions that interest you the most beforehand to maximize your time at ACTFL. This year the conference will feature an expansive list of topics ranging from how to incorporate cultural awareness into instruction, to connecting classrooms and study abroad opportunities for students. While you’re exploring the possible sessions, set goals for yourself and your school or district to help kick start or improve your world language initiatives. If your goals include networking, make a list of who you want to meet and find out their schedule during the conference.

To view the full agenda for the conference, click here.

Check out this Fuel Education session:

How to Implement a Standards-Based Model
Sunday, November 19, 10:00am – 11:00am

Music City Center, Room 207C

Standards-based education is often viewed as a negative to language learning, but when implemented correctly can create a more dynamic, focused learning experience. Learn about the core structure of standards-based education and study specific scenarios of how to use it in the classroom from curriculum and professional development experts.

Presented by:

  • Theresa Bruns, Middlebury Interactive Languages
  • Theresa Goodlet, Fuel Education
  • Andreanne King, Middlebury Interactive Languages


  1. Attend Demo Sessions

The conference will be overflowing with opportunities to learn from 250+ exhibitors. Many will be providing demo sessions, rich in information about ground-breaking products, tools, and tips about foreign language instruction. Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore booths and schedule a few demos!

Fuel Education will feature interactive demos on our renowned Middlebury Interactive™ world language solutions at Booth #906. As an added bonus, we will offer chances to win giveaways to enliven your classroom! Don’t miss the chance to learn more about our world language solutions. View the exhibit hall hours here.


  1. Socialize and Follow-up

Conferences create the perfect environment to learn from fellow professionals who are in the same educational sphere as you. Networking helps you to keep up with trending news and topics and provides the chance to learn from the challenges and successes of world language programs in other schools and districts. Take note: at the end of a full first day, there will be a meet and greet with keynote speaker, Bill Weir, a renowned journalist and TV personality for CNN. You won’t want to miss it!

We also recommend visiting the ACTFL photo booth, which can be found on the show room floor, to capture your memorable experience with your colleagues. You can even share your experiences on social media using the hashtag, #ACTFL2017. As a final thought, don’t forget to connect with everyone you met with post-conference by following them on Twitter or connecting on LinkedIn.

Bonus Tip:

Nashville is a city rich with music and southern charm. Save time to stroll down Honky-Tonk Highway all the way to the waterfront for a view you’ll never forget!

We hope you enjoy ACTFL 2017, and don’t forget to stop by Booth #906 to learn more about Fuel Education’s world language solutions!


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