National Resources

Professional Organizations


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

ACTFL is a membership community of language education professionals passionate about expanding cultural richness and diversity at all levels of education. Together they provide resources to address challenges to meet the changing needs of language educators and their learners. ACTFL sets the standards for foreign language education in the United States.


International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)

The International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) is a professional organization that provides leadership in the integration of instructional technology into the foreign language classroom.


Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology (NEALLT)

A regional group of IALLT, NEALLT seeks to create a sense of local community amongst language learning technology professionals at universities, colleges and schools within Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.


National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)

NCOLCTL represents less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) within the United States and around the world. NCOLCTL strives to address the communication and information needs of the individuals, organization, and institutions interested in the teaching and learning of LCTLs.

National Language Resource Centers

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In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at U.S. universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in language teaching and learning.

Title VI of the Higher Education Act now supports sixteen LRCs, creating a national network of resources to promote and support the teaching and learning of foreign, heritage, and indigenous languages.

LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for teachers and instructors, and conduct and disseminate research on language learning. They include: