Membership in ACTFL should be looked upon as a professional necessity. Whereas AATF represents the specific interests of German teachers at the national level, ACTFL does the same for the profession as a whole. Because French teachers are in the minority nationwide it is important for them to join with other language professionals in the pursuit of common goals. ACTFL hosts an annual conference that is the largest foreign-language conference available for classroom teachers.
Membership in the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association is also a professional necessity at the state level. Dues are a real bargain: $20.00 per year ($200.00 for a lifetime membership). TFLTA hosts an annual state conference in November, usually in Nashville, and members also receive The Echo, the TFLTA Newsletter.
The Central States Conference represents 17 states in the middle part of the country, from North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan in the north to Tennessee and Arkansas in the south; from Ohio in the east to Colorado and Oklahoma in the west. The conference is held in March or April in one of the member states. It is the second-largest regional conference for teachers of all languages, and attendees generally agree that it has earned its nickname as "The Friendly Conference." It is large enough to offer a wide variety of sessions, but still not so large that you miss your friends and acquaintances in the crowd.
If you are interested in any of the various technological enhancements for language learning, this is the organization for you. A subscription to The CALICO Journal is included in the annual dues. CALICO hosts an annual conference and other symposia.