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Florida Foreign 
Language Association


2018 FFLA Teacher of the Year Application

The FFLA/SCOLT/ACTFL National World Language Teacher of the Year Award


March 30, 2018


The award for the National Language Teacher of the Year (TOY) is intended to elevate the status and the public profile of the language profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities to recognize accomplished members of our profession. First and foremost, this process is designed to involve all of our state, regional, and national organizations in promoting the language teaching profession. Second, it is intended to create as many media opportunities as possible to increase the visibility and importance of language learning with the media, policymakers, and the general public. The award also recognizes best practices and excellence in the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

The candidate for this award is an experienced world language teacher who is completely familiar with the National Standards of Foreign Language Education as well as the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and applies this knowledge on a daily basis in the classroom.  Candidates will submit a portfolio demonstrating this expertise and will participate in an interview at the FFLA Conference in October in which he/she will be asked to explain the integration of the standards and modes of communication as well as what his/her platform might be as the national advocate. 

By submitting an application, he/she is agreeing to participate in the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) portion of the ACTFL TOY competition and to continue on to the national competition if selected at the regional level.  He or she will be competing to be the national voice of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and will spend a year promoting language study and advocating for language learning and study at the national level. 


Candidates will submit complete applications as detailed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates will be interviewed electronically and a winner will be selected. The FFLA winner will participate in the following March/April’s regional competition at SCOLT. If selected, the candidate will participate in the national competition the following November.

To apply, please send an email to The email subject line should be "2018 FFLA TOY Application". In the email, provide your full name, school name, level(s) taught, language(s) taught, and a short biography. The email should also have all the required documents from the Submission Guidelines section below.

Candidates must submit their portfolio electronically. 

Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered.


It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that they have met the requirements included here when they submit their portfolio. The awards director does not review portfolios to make sure they meet the requirements listed below.

The following checklist contains all requirements for the application.

    • The first page must be the Nomination Cover Page, completed by an officer of the state language association (normally the president or executive director of the state association). Click here to download a pdf copy of the Nomination Cover Page. It is the candidate's responsibility to secure this form from his/her state leadership.
    • Five-hundred-word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners
    • A digital photgraph / headshot of the nominee to be used in highlighting candidates on social media and elsewhere prior to, during and after the confrerence
    • One letter of recommendation from a professional colleague
    • One letter of recommendation from a supervisor
    • One letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student
    • A curriculum vitae of no more than five (5) pages
    • Examples of Student Work (two individual examples, one page and one-sided only) that reflect the goals of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (5 C's) These can be written examples or in a digital format
    • Reflection on the student work not to exceed 4 pages (size 12 font, double-spaced) total for both examples the provides a written reflection about these student examples and how they:
      • demonstrate current best practices of language teaching and learning, including the integration of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (5 C's);
      • encourage the proficient use of the target language by the teacher and students;
      • provide the effective use of feedback, including but not limited to rubrics.

* Please have appropriate releases for student work.


All portfolios will be carefully reviewed by the selection committee, which will conduct interviews at the FFLA Conference. This year, nominees will be interviewed via a meeting in person with the current and previous TOYs during the conference (we will inform you). Because the FFLA TOY is not only a great teacher, but also a spokesperson for our profession, the interview is an essential part of the selection process.

As part of the interview, the candidates will answer 4-5 questions from the selection committee with a 2-3 minute response. The questions may cover such topics as: culture/standards in the classroom, professional involvement, value of language learning, challenges and successes in world language teaching, trends in language teaching.  Applicants should be well versed in the Discover Languages initiative, National Standards and the 21st Century Skills Map. 


The FFLA Teacher of the Year selection will be named at the FFLA annual conference. FFLA’s Teacher of the Year will go on to represent our region at the annual SCOLT Conference.

For additional guidelines and coversheet, see the Teacher of the Year link on ACTFL or SCOLT.

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