Congress of Foreign Language Teachers
of 1942, the Colorado Education Association was holding
general meetings for Colorado teachers. Following
these meetings, smaller gatherings were held for special
interest groups by subject matter fields. Foreign
language teachers met then.
1947, foreign language teachers created the organization
now known as Colorado Congress of Foreign Language
Teachers, or CCFLT. It was an organization within
the academic community.
was only in 1971 that Colorado Congress of Foreign
Language Teachers was officially incorporated under
the leadership of Bryce Jackson, then president of
CCFLT. He and others in the organization worked to
incorporate CCFLT as the membership and detailed budgetary
records had substantially increased.
Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) incorporated
for the purpose of providing foreign language teachers
a forum for mutual support, a means for sharpening
their pedagogical skills, and a vehicle for keeping
culturally and linguistically current.
Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, Inc., is organized
for the purpose of the advancement of the study and
teaching of foreign languages in the schools, colleges
and universities of the State of Colorado.
constituent of the American Council on the Teaching
of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
affiliate of the Central States Conference on the
Teaching of Languages (CSC)
affiliate of the Southwest Conference on Language
member of the Joint National Committee for Languages
member of the National Network for the Early Learning
of Languages (NNELL).
in CCFLT is open to all who are associated with the
teaching of foreign languages and to friends of foreign
languages. Its members find not only professional
development opportunities through the annual conferences,
but extended growth through its grants and scholarships
current and proposed. The organization currently has
more than 600 members.
CCFLT sponsors two annual conferences: The Fall Conference
in September/October, and the three-day Spring Conference
in Colorado Springs or the greater Denver area, the
Spring Conference attracts over five hundred participants
each year for its keynote speaker, its six to eight
workshops and dozens of smaller sessions, its book
exhibits, awards luncheon, and more. Speakers at these
conferences include nationally respected language
scholars and textbook authors.
The Fall 2011 Conference will be held in conjunction
with ACTFL in Denver. Due to the large scope of this conference, the Spring Conference will only be a 1-day conference.
were adopted in 1999 and further its commitment to
foreign language education in Colorado by pledging:
provide high quality professional growth opportunites
for its members;
secure broad membership among foreign language teachers
advance the interests and status of foreign language
network with members and other professionals at
local and global levels.
publishes a quarterly CCFLT Newsletter. The CCFLT Newsletter offers detail on the Fall
and Spring Conference programs, along with feature
articles and news on grant and scholarship opportunities.
Members look to its TechnoCorner, Teacher TipBits
and more for additional resources.
opportunities include the $1,000 Ronald W. Walker
Memorial Grant for innovative language-oriented
student activities, projects and trips; materials
development for new and existing programs, and student
projects with a service component or outreach into
the community. Lesser grants are funded for $500 and
$250, not to exceed $2,000 for this category annually.
development opportunities in a three-year pilot program
not to exceed $2,000 annually, proposed. Selected
recipients would receive partial funding for ACTFL
Development Workshops such as Oral Proficiency Tester
Training in any among eight languages, Practical Applications
of the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners,
Integrating Internet Resources into the language curriculum,
year Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers,
Inc., recognizes two "Best of Conference" presenters
or groups whose sessions at the Spring Conference
have earned the highest ratings from peers in their
audiences. The following year, in turn, each group
receives up to $500 for expenses incurred in presenting
as "Best of Colorado" at SWCOLT or the Central States
development opportunities such as those afforded by
Spring Conference can play a critical role in the
growth of novice teachers. For that reason CCFLT has
begun offering Conference Scholarships for First-Year
Teachers. Up to four selected recipients participate
in workshops and sessions and attend the Keynote Luncheon,
for non-redeemable cash value not to exceed $500 for
proposed, CCFLT would award up to three scholarship
grants annually for conference expenses up to $500
for members whose session proposals are formally accepted
for presentation at CSC, SWCOLT, or ACTFL. Selected
recipients would qualify only one time for this scholarship
year Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers
bestows Special Recognition Awards on selected recipients
nominated from among the membership who have shown
outstanding service and dedication to the needs of
the foreign language profession. The first such awards
were given in 1978.
Recognition Awards include the:
Overman Memorial Service Award: honoring an individual
for lengthy and dedicated service to the foreign language
in Teaching Award: recognizing a foreign language
teacher who has demonstrated exceptional ability and
outstanding performance in classroom instruction.
Leadership Award: conferred on a foreign language
educator who has provided exceptional leadership and
innovation in programs beyond the classroom level.
Wells Memorial Creativity Award: given to an individual
who has inspired enthusiasm for language learning
through unusual innovation and creativity in the foreign
Educator Award: presented to a foreign language
teacher in the first five years of service who shows
uncommon potential for the development and implementation
of ideas in the classroom.
of Foreign Languages Award: presented to an individual
or group outside formal instruction having contributed
in a significant way to the promotion of the teaching
and learning of foreign languages.
the ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION:
Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers is
organized for the purpose of the advancement of the
study and teaching of foreign languages in the schools,
colleges and universities of the State of Colorado.
part of the net earnings of the corporation shall
inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its
members, trustees, officers or other private persons,
except that the corporation shall be authorized and
empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services
substantial part of the activities of the organization
shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise
attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation
shall not participate in, or intervene in (including
the publishing or distribution of statements) any
political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to
any candidate for public office."