Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


With vision, dedication, and certainly much camaraderie and a sense of shared purpose, the Founders boldly dissolved the Central States Modern Language Association in 1968 and created in its place the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Specifically, the 14 Founders stated that CSCTFL should:

  • assume a proactive, leadership role within the profession;
  • provide services to all foreign language educators, including those of modern, ancient, less-commonly-taught languages and English as a Second Language; and
  • promote the study of languages across the Pre-K, elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and graduate spectrum.

The organization still seeks to meet these goals by:

  • advocating for the teaching and learning of languages;
  • organizing an annual multi-day conference;
  • providing signature professional development activities like the Conference-Extension Workshop, the Delegate Assembly, and the Leadership Development Workshop;
  • publishing an annual scholarly proceedings volume; and
  • supporting the work of world language associations across the fourteen-state region.

When describing one of the CSCTFL Reports, Dr. Frank Grittner wrote: “This book has a happy balance between the theoretical and the practical.” That “happy balance between the theoretical and the practical” still characterizes our conference today!

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