Affiliate Language Organizations

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is 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 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.

Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)

CALICO, the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium is an international organization dedicated to research and development in the use of computer technology in language learning: computer-assisted language learning (CALL).

CALICO began mainly as a group of people interested in using and producing technology-based materials for second/foreign language teaching. After more than 25 years of growth and experience, CALICO now includes language educators, programmers, technicians, web page designers, CALL developers, CALL practitioners, and second language acquisition researchers--anyone interested in exploring the use of technology for language teaching and learning.

California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA)

CLTA’s mission is to provide support, leadership and vision
for quality World Language and Culture teaching and learning in California.

Rationale for how we developed this mission for our members:

  • We believe that support for all world language teachers in their classrooms is our number one goal.
  • We believe that as teachers develop leadership skills, the teacher, the learning, the classroom environment and the profession are strengthened
  • We believe that as we support our teachers, as a group we will all develop higher vision for the profession (to provide vision…)
  • We believe that our Conference, Jamborees and Symposiums, and other activities should always provide a high level of professionalism that reflects best practices and current research.
  • We believe that as we implement this vision, our learners in California will reap the benefits and be able to take their rightful place in their future personal, cultural and professional endeavors in our ever-shrinking world.

The International Association of Language Learning Technology (IALLT)

Established in 1965, IALLT is a professional organization whose members provide leadership in the development, integration, evaluation and management of instructional technology for the teaching and learning of language, literature and culture. Its strong sense of community promotes the sharing of expertise in a variety of educational contexts. As a registered 501 (c)3 not-for-profit professional organization, IALLT welcomes tax-deductible donations from individuals and businesses. Please visit our online donations form for more information.

The Language Resource Centers (LRCs)

In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at US universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. Twenty years later, there are fifteen LRCs, supported by grants under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, creating a national network of resources to promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages. Led by nationally and internationally recognized language professionals, LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for teachers and instructors, and conduct research on foreign language learning.

While some centers concentrate on specific language areas and others on foreign languages in general, all share the common goal to develop resources that can be used broadly to improve foreign language education in the United States.

Southern Area International Languages Network (SAILN)

The Southern Area International Languages Network (Region 9A/B) has served the world language teacher population of the San Diego County area since 1990. Currently SAILN is housed at San Diego State University and an interdisciplinary unit shared by the School of Education’s Policy Studies Department and the Language Acquisition Resource Center. The project has acquired and now serves the Imperial and Orange County areas. The project offers Regionally-Based Workshops and Institutes that are multi-tiered, high quality (Tier I-IV, Foundational to Leadership Workshops, ranging from 40-120 hours) professional development programs designed to enable world language teachers, grades 7-12 to further develop their instructional teaching competencies in the essentials of language learning which enable them to take on leadership roles in the classroom as well as at their school site and district level. Upon completion of 12