Our mission is to advance the teaching of languages and cultures in Minnesota.


Cheers to a FABULOUS conference!

WISH GRANT LUCK as he heads off to ACTFL November 18th

Minnesota's Grant Boulanger  selected as Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages  2016 Teacher of the Year

Grant brings amazing energy and leadership to us here in Minnesota with his passion for the craft of teaching and advocacy for language education. Grant will continue on as a contender for ACTFL teacher of the year in fall of 2016. Read his full CSCTFL bio here.  

It's also worth noting that Minnesota is currently home to TWO teachers of the year. We've recently adopted Kathryn Falvey, Iowa's teacher of the year, as a new Minnesotan. She has jumped right into advocacy work for language education and we are lucky to have her. Her bio can be found on the above link as well.  


Meet 2016 MCTLC Conference Keynote Bill VanPatten

Bill VanPatten will be featured as the keynote at the 2016 MCTLC Fall Conference

Bill VanPatten is the international superstar and diva of Second Language Acquisition who hosts the wildly successful radio show/podcast “Tea with BVP.” A standup comic by night (and at heart), he is that rare breed of scholars who delivers both substance and meaning to the profession while maintaining a sense of humor worthy of his own HBO special. Well, maybe. His work is prolific: author or co-author of five books (with one more in progress), eight edited volumes, and over 120 articles and book chapters in top tier journals and presses. He is currently the co-editor of the #1 journal in second langauge research, Studies in Second Language Acquisition. He has spoken not only in almost all fifty states in the Union, but also in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, and Canada. He hopes to deliver a keynote some day in Antarctica. 

Many teachers know him for his work in language teaching including best-selling college-level textbooks in Spanish and French and the nationally used Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen.  When not engaged in endeavors related to L2 acquisition and teaching, Bill writes fiction, including one collection of short stories (Chicago Tales) and a new collection just finished called Dust Storm, about hidden lives in Lubbock Texas. He is currently working on a novel that, with any luck, will be finished by the time he visits Minneapolis. Who knows?  Maybe his visit to the land of 10,000 lakes will inspire new fiction.  


Upcoming Events

04 Feb 2017 9:00 AM • Minnesota Department of Education
17 Mar 2017 9:00 AM • Minnesota Department of Education
08 Apr 2017 9:00 AM • Minnesota Department of Education

Nominate a Champion of Languages

MCTLC accepts nominations through June 15 of every year for our annual recognition of stellar work and dedication to language learning in Minnesota. Visit the awards page now to learn more.

Career Opportunities in Language Education

The educational job hunt is always on! MCTLC maintains a page dedicated to career opportunities for language professionals. Whether your organization is hiring or you are looking for your next professional home, bookmark our Job Postings page.

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