American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
"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."
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"There has never been a time when advocacy in support of language education has been more critical. Maintaining existing language education programs and expanding them to include new languages and instruction for middle and elementary school students, and diversifying language offerings in high schools and universities must be the goals of such advocacy."
"Language advocacy is a comprehensive effort to serve as a national voice for language-related issues and raise public awareness of the benefits of learning languages in order to influence the direction of present and future education."
For more information about this national campaign for languages announced by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and to learn about the importance of learning languages and understanding cultures in the lives of all Americans, please visit the ACTFL website www.discoverlanguages.org.
TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
"Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), is a global association for English language teaching professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. TESOL encompasses a network of approximately 52,000 educators worldwide, consisting of more than 12,000 individual members and an additional 40,000 educators within the 100 plus TESOL affiliate associations. Representing a multifaceted academic discipline and profession, TESOL offers members serial publications, books, and electronic resources on current issues, ideas, and opportunities in the field of English language teaching.
TESOL also conducts a variety of workshops and symposia, including an annual convention, regarded as the foremost professional development opportunity for English language educators worldwide. TESOL's mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide."
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA is the leading professional association dedicated to international education. "NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education."
NAFSA's members number nearly 10,000 individuals from all 50 states and over 150 countries. A majority of NAFSA's members can be found on college and university campuses working as foreign student advisers and admissions officers, study abroad advisers, directors of international programs, teachers of English as a second language, administrators of intensive English programs, overseas educational advisers, community volunteers, and administrators of sponsored exchange programs.
"NAFSA's leadership structure brings member volunteers into service in three main areas: influencing public policy, creating and disseminating knowledge, and maintaining a strong organization."
IPSA - International Partners for Study Abroad
Palm Beach Language Institute is affiliated with IPSA Consortium of Language Schools and Study Abroad Programs - International Partners for Study Abroad. IPSA Consortium promotes the international education and offers language immersion and study abroad programs in 40 countries. Over 90 public and private universities, colleges and language schools participate in the IPSA Consortium.
Our goal is to offer prospective students a wide variety of high quality language learning, academic and career study abroad opportunities to meet educational needs of every international student, business person, professional or interested adult of any age. Currently International Partners for Study Abroad offers high quality and cost-effective language learning, academic and career study abroad opportunities in more than 130 world's most exciting and fascinating cities.