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More conferences: Outreach World Professional Development Calendar (lists conferences around the U.S. of interest to world language educators)


Utah Foreign Language Association Annual Meeting (UFLA)
February TBA, 2016 at Weber State University in Provo, UT

South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference (SCFLTA)
February 11, 2017 at Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, SC

California Language Teachers Association Conference (CLTA)
February 16-19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, CA

Arizona Language Association (AZLA) Conference
February 20, 2016 at Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ


Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT)
March 2-4, 2017 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK

Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Conference (UCET)
April 2017 in Utah

Central States Conference (CSC)
March 9-11, 2017 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
This is a regional conference for foreign language educators from Arkansas, Colorado, Ilinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Information regarding registration and housing is available at the link above.

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Conference (MACUL)
March 15-17, 2017 at Cobb Center, Detroit, MI
This is a phenomenal state-wide conference for K-12 educators who are interested in technology that draws over 1,000 attendees from around the region. A wide variety of sessions and workshops are offered (including several by featured presenters), student work is showcased in various events held in the Exhibit Hall, and the exhibits are definitely worth taking several hours to explore. Registration information will be posted soon.

Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ)
March 31-April 1, 2017 at the APA Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ

Summer (May - Jul.)

BYU Workshop for Spanish Teachers
June TBA, 2017 at the Joseph F. Smith Building, BYU Campus, Provo, UT

Project-based Language Learning Workshops

American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese Conference (AATSP)
July 6-9, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL

Summer institutes offered by Language Resources Centers in the U.S. (Many are grant-funded)



Kentucky World Language Association Conference (KWLA)
September 15-17, 2016 at the Crown Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, Louisville, KY

Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)
September 22-25, 2016 at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Alaskans for Language Acquisition State Conference (AFLA)
September 23-25, 2016 at the University of Alaska-Anchorage in Anchorage, AK


Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture Conference (IATLC)
October 6-7, 2016 at Idaho State University in Pocotello, ID

Foreign Language Association of Virginia Conference (FLAVA)
October 6-8, 2016 at the Williamsburg Doubletree Hotel in Williamsburg, VA

Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching 2016 Fall Conference (COFLT/WAFLT)
October 13-15, 2016 at the Sheraton Portland Airport

6th International Conference on Language Immersion Education
Oct. 20-22, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN

Kansas World Language Association (KSWLA)/Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM)
October 28-29, 2016 in Overland Park, KS


Open Education Global Conference
November 2-4, 2016 in Richmond, VA

Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference (IFLTA)
November 3-5, 2016 at the Sheraton at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis, IN

Michigan World Language Association Conference (MiWLA)
November 10-11, 2016 at the Lansing Center and the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol in Lansing, MI
This is one of the best state foreign language conferences in the region. It draws well over 1,000 attendees each year (large for a state conference) and offers a wide variety of keynote speakers, sessions, workshops, concerts, raffles, receptions, and other special events. Online registration will be available soon. Discounted rates are available for full time students. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the conference, let me know!

Massachussetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) Conference
November 18-20, 2016 at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, MA

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference (ACTFL)
November 20-22, 2015 in San Diego, CA
This is a national conference for foreign language educators that draws over 5,000 attendees each year. A diverse array of over 700 sessions are offered on a wide variety of topics, including assessment, classroom activities, instructional strategies, language-specific topics, program advocacy and articulation, presentations of research, and ways to use technology. The conference also boasts a gigantic exhibit hall, several keynote speakers, concerts, and other special events. Discounted rates are available for full time students and 1st and 2nd year teachers.

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