Principals' Memo #1034-11

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 15, 2011

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Student Video Contest

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is sponsoring a national student video contest on the theme “Discover Languages…Discover the World!”  Winners will be announced in early February 2012 to kick off the celebration of Discover Languages Month.  This effort is part of a sustained public awareness campaign designed to bring media attention to the critical need for all students to have the opportunity to learn a second language.

Students across the country, from elementary school through college age, are encouraged to submit original videos on how language learning has been important in their lives.  Students will develop a video public service announcement that promotes language learning and provides the audience with compelling reasons why students should be developing proficiency in more than one language.  The videos will be judged for originality and creativity by an expert panel of judges, and cash and product prizes will be awarded to the students who produce the winning videos. 

The contest deadline is December 20, 2011.  Cash and product prizes will be available to the students who produce the winning videos.  The contest is supported by The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) and Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT).  For submission guidelines, judging criteria, and additional information about the contest, please visit the Web site at http://actflvideocontest.org/.

For information about Virginia foreign language initiatives, please contact Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at lisa.harris@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3666. 

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