National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations Bylaws

(revised and approved 25 Nov 1991; 22 Nov 1997; 21 Nov 2009; 23 Nov 2013; 21 Nov 2015)



A. The principal office of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers' Associations (hereinafter the "Federation") shall be in the District of Columbia.

B. The Federation may have such other offices at such suitable place or places within or outside of the District of Columbia as may be designated from time to time by the Steering Committee.


The Purposes of the Federation, subject to the limitations of Article XV, are the expansion, promotion, and improvement of the teaching of languages, literatures, and cultures throughout the United States, by a variety of activities; including, but not limited to, the publication of The Modern Language Journal (hereinafter known as the "MLJ").


A. Member Organizations. There shall be one class of members in the Federation, which shall consist of associations of teachers of the modern languages.
Member organizations shall be:

  • charter member organizations, namely, The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the New Jersey Foreign Language Teachers Associations, and The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers; 
  • additional organizations as may be admitted into the Federation in accordance with Section B of this Article. A current list of member organizations will be maintained on the organization’s web site.

B. Election of Member Organizations. Member organizations may be admitted into the Federation by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee present and voting at any annual meeting, provided that notice of the election be contained in the notice of such meeting, in accordance with Article IV, Section H, hereof.

C. Resignation of Member Organizations. Any member organization may resign from membership in the Federation at any time by giving written notice to the President. Such resignation shall take effect upon its receipt by the President.

D. Revocation or Termination of Membership. Any member organization may have such membership revoked or terminated by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee present and voting at two successive annual meetings, whenever in their judgment the best interests of the Federation will be served thereby.