Principals' Memo #1025-10

Department of Education

November 30, 2010

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

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

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is sponsoring a national student video podcast contest on the theme "Why I am a 21st Century Learner." Winners will be announced in early February 2011 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 are encouraged to submit video public service announcements that promote language learning and provide the audience with compelling reasons for developing proficiency in more than one language. Submissions will be accepted in the categories of elementary school, middle school, high school, and postsecondary.

The contest deadline is December 20, 2010. Podcasts will be judged for originality and creativity by an expert panel of judges. Cash and product prizes will be available to the students who produce the winning podcasts. 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

For information about Virginia foreign language initiatives, please contact Helen Small, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.