On November 21, 2013, the LT Media Lab and EMC Publishing hosted a special evening event at Epcot Center in Disney World during the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) annual conference in Orlando. With more than 100 K-12 world language educators, superintendents, and world language department heads in attendance, the LT Media Lab team showcased Flipgrid, Avenue, and EMC Languages, the new world languages environment being designed with EMC Publishing. The evening was filled with food, drinks, and inspiring discussions about the future of world language instruction in the US. At the end of the evening, our invited guests had a fabulous VIP experience to view the world famous Epcot fireworks.
In addition to the special event, Dr. Charles Miller, Brad Hosack, Nate Edwards, and Luke Lecheler presented a research session at the ACTFL conference titled "Transformation in world language e-assessment, reflection, and discussion"
“We’re excited to lift up the hood for ACTFL attendees and let them see what we’ve created as we prepare to go to market in 2014,” said Eric Cantor, Chief Executive Officer of New Mountain Learning.
EMC Languages (available worldwide in fall 2014) builds upon and extends research-based language learning platforms created by the LT Media Lab by leveraging EMC Publishing's world language instructional content in an easy-to-use environment designed to drive educator effectiveness and student fluency. Students will discover languages and cultures, expand their knowledge beyond the textbook and written test, and perform what they’ve learned within a portfolio-style environment to achieve lasting proficiency.
Read the full EMC Publishing press release
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 and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding, ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of foreign language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.