AFLA conference 2020 is postponed to September 2021. The board will resume at a meeting in November 2020.


Postponement is defined as a freeze for a year, projecting this same conference onto a new timeline, with the same location for September/October 2021. Dates to be determined at the November 2020 meeting. Hopefully, by then, we will all have resumed a normal life.

Thank you to our sponsors for the 2020 conference!

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William (Bill) Rivers, PhD.

Executive Director,

Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS)

Dr. Rivers has more than 25 years’ experience in culture and language for economic development and national security, with publications in second and third language acquisition research, proficiency assessment, program evaluation, and language policy development and advocacy. He is the immediate past and founding Chair of ASTM Technical Committee F43, Language Services and Products and chairs the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 232, Education and Learning Services. He serves as a member of the America’s Languages Working Group of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is an honorary member of the Association of Language Companies.

Before joining JNCL-NCLIS, he served as Chief Scientist at Integrated Training Solutions, Inc., a small business in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on strategic planning, management, and advanced technologies for language and culture programs in the public sector. While at ITS, he served in a contractor role as the Chief Linguist of the National Language Service Corps. Prior to working at ITS, he was a founding member of the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland, and was a staff member of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland from 1994 to 2003, leaving NFLC as Assistant Director. 

During his career, Dr. Rivers has also taught Russian (beginning through advanced), language policy, and second language acquisition at the University of Maryland, worked as a freelance interpreter and translator, and conducted field work in Kazakhstan, where he regularly returns to teach at several universities. He received his PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and his MA, BA, and BS (Aerospace Engineering) from the University of Maryland. He speaks Russian and French. He can be reached at





Jacque Van Houten, PhD. 

Recent Past-President, ACTFL


Jacque Van Houten has a BA and MAT University of Louisville, MA from the University of Cincinnati, PhD from Miami University (OH). Her career began in teaching (elementary through university), followed administration as the World Language & International Education consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education, and most recently as World Language specialist for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Professionally, she has served as president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), the National Council of State Supervisors (NCSSFL), and the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA). Currently, she is board chair of Sister Cities of Louisville (KY) and is on the board of the Kentucky & Southern Indiana World Affairs Council, where she helped design a statewide Global Citizenship Certificate program. She is also on the advisory board of the Global Seal of Biliteracy. Much of her work has focused on curriculum development, drawing heavily on the LinguaFolio and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for Language and Intercultural Communication, documents developed by task forces which she directed. Her awards include: the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, State Foreign Language Supervisor of the Year, Kentucky World Language Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. 

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