A message from 2021 NYSAFLT President Sally Barnes

Sally BarnesSending you best wishes for NYSAFLT 2021! Looking back at 2020, there is much we would like to forget, as our world was enmeshed in a global pandemic, as well as political, racial and economic turmoil. However, there is much that we will remember about ourselves and our students. We learned how to pivot from teaching in person to teaching online, and from using authentic cultural objects in the classroom to exploring new interactive resources online. Our students pivoted from collaborating in person to brainstorming in breakout rooms on Zoom. Through it all there resonated a resilience and a determination on both teachers’ and students’ parts to develop multilingual and multicultural proficiencies. Read more …

The NYS World Language Standards: Are you and your department ready to transition?

NYS Standards NYSAFLT is here to help you and your department transition to the revised NYS Standards for World Languages and NOW is a great time to start! Learn more …

ACTFL OPI Fam Workshop

Join our small-group ACTFL OPI Familiarization Workshop this summer. July 6–23, online, asynchronous with two synchronous sessions. 14 CTLE hours.

Election 2021

Vote now in our 2021 election. Polls close June 30 at 5:00 p.m.

NEW: Student Excellence Awards

Recognize your most outstanding students with a NYSAFLT award! Exclusive to members. This award is the successor to the NYSAFLT Fulvi Awards.


Register now for this fall’s webinars in our annual series! Free to members!

Job Placement

Become a member and see what job placements we have


Get involved! Learn about advocacy efforts and how you can help.

Foreign Language Week

Please visit our page and learn how you can celebrate and advocate with your students

Leaders of Tomorrow Program

Are you considering taking the leap and taking on more leadership responsibilities? Read on! Open for applications. Deadline: February 5, 2021. CLOSED FOR 2021.


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About Us

The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers was founded in 1917. Its purpose was, and remains, to serve the needs of the profession dedicated to the development of second language skills and cultural awareness among students. The creation of NYSAFLT marked an important step in enabling schools to give their students an informed and sensitive global perspective in an era of international turmoil.

  • promote the study of languages and cultures as outlined in the state and national standards
  • serve all areas of language study

    including the Classics, Heritage Languages, English to Speakers of Other Languages, Bilingual Education, Native American Languages and American Sign Language;

  • view foreign languages as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary education;
  • view foreign languages as an integral part of the core-curriculum;
  • serve as a model for the interweaving of content and pedagogy;
  • serve as a clearinghouse for research and information (e.g., exchange programs, grants, courses, study opportunities);