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


2017 MCTLC conference keynote announced!!

Bill Van Patten will be featured as the keynote at the  fall conference. Registration opening soon.

          Bill VanPatten is the International Superstar and Diva of SLA 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 L2 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.  


Don't miss this opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with MN world language teachers!

Submit a session proposal today for the 2016 Fall Conference!

The 2016 MCTLC Fall Conference, Ready for the World: Language is the Link, will be held October 28-29 in Brooklyn Center. Join over 200 world language teachers from around the state and region as we collaborate and explore how to prepare our students to be 21st Century world citizens.  MCTLC is seeking sessions that relate to ACTFL's world readiness standards and sessions related to general best-practices in world language instruction. We hope to receive session proposals that represent the wide variety of languages taught in MN. We encourage teachers of all levels of language teaching, preK-16, to submit a proposal.

Click here to submit your proposal: 2016 SESSION PROPOSALS

We will be accepting proposals through April 24th.

Presenter Session Options 

  • 50 minute sessions on Friday, October 28th
  • 3 hour workshops on Saturday, October 29th

We look forward to receiving your proposals!  

Please contact the MCTLC Fall Conference Program Chair at president-elect@mctlc.org if you have any questions.


Minnesota's own: Grant Boulanger  selected as Teacher of the Year for CSCTFL!!! 

 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.  You can 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.  

2015 Fall Conference: Educating Global Citizens

MCTLC celebrated its yearly conference on October 23-24 at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. This year our theme focused on educating our students for their roles as world citizens. 

Keynote Speaker Stacie Berdan

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an international careers expert and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace. She provides practical and relevant advice on the value of understanding cross-cultural environments, the benefits of feminine leadership, and the need for developing a global mindset in all American students today. She spent the majority of her career at Burson-Marsteller and Unilever, where she served as strategist, coach, and counselor to CEOs, politicians and senior executives around the world. Her extensive global leadership experience in corporate communications, brand marketing, public affairs and cross-cultural consulting extends across four continents with a specific focus on Asia.


Annual Awards

Each year, MCTLC honors those who have demonstrated significant dedication to the teaching of languages and cultures. We proudly announce the 2015 recipients:

Proficiency Certificate and Bilingual Seal Workshop

On April 11, MN world language educators learned about new legislation passed during the 2014 session. It amended the language for world language proficiency certificates to include possible college credit and established state bilingual and multilingual seals that require awarding of college credit. Students who demonstrate intermediate-low and intermediate-mid/high proficiency on a validated assessment are eligible to earn a world language proficiency certificate. Read more about the Seal of Biliteracy at sealofbiliteracy.org.


Upcoming Events

28 Oct 2016 7:00 AM (CDT) • Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN
28 Oct 2016 7:30 AM (CDT) • Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

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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