2023 MAFLT LCTL Innovation Awards

These awards, offered by the National LCTL Resource Center (NLRC) and generously funded by the Michigan State University Online Graduate Programs in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT and Certificate), recognized outstanding, innovative, and transformative uses of technology in the teaching of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). For the purposes of this award, we consider LCTLs anything other than English and the commonly taught world languages of French, German, and Spanish. Three prizes ranging between $250 and $500 were awarded this year.


All LCTL instructors were eligible to apply for this award, either as individuals or as part of a team. To be considered, innovative uses of technology must have been implemented in courses running between Fall 2021 and Fall 2022. Eligible innovations can be implemented in online, blended, or F2F courses. Both K-12 and Higher Ed LCTL instructors were encouraged to apply.


Nominations were reviewed by a committee comprised of MAFLT faculty and personnel from the National LCTL Resource Center (NLRC) at Michigan State University.

Entry Information

Any technology-based practice used in a LCTL course was eligible for consideration. Innovation could be the course as a whole but also a smaller element such as a project, task, or assessment. Entries were reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria listed in the MAFLT LCTL Innovation Award rubric


Applicants submitted their application on January 31st, 2023. The awards were presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) to be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook, IL the 21-23 of April 2023

2024 Award Information Coming Soon!