Carter Serves as SC Delegate to Assembly of Delegates of the ACTFL

January 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

June C. D. Carter was the official delegate for the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers’ Association at the Assembly of Delegates of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Denver.

ACTFL is the national non-profit leadership association representing over 12,000 educators of all languages from prekindergarten through post-secondary levels.  Its mission is to provide vision, leadership, and support for quality teaching and learning of languages and to serve as a liaison between organizations, governments, and education.

Says Carter, “It was a privilege to represent South Carolina foreign language educators at the day-long meeting where most of the time was spent reviewing and providing input for a final document from ACTFL which will highlight how the National Standards for Foreign Languages K-16 support the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts.  Considerable time was also spent discussing ways in which the delegates’ state foreign language associations could contact state senators to express world language educators’  concern about the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), the only source of federal education funding of competitive grants for high-quality K-12 foreign language program innovation and best practices across the country.”

All delegates agreed that investing in language learning on all educational levels directly supports the economic and national security interests of the United States.  Leading military and security experts are demanding personnel who are proficient in a second language.  As former CIA director Leon Panetta said, “This is not about learning something that is helpful or simply nice to have.  It is crucial to CIA’s mission…It is vital to our economic interests.  It is vital to our diplomacy.  It is vital to our national security to use the language of the people that we engage throughout the world “(CIA Press Release, December 8, 2010).