Host Bill Goodman and guests explore the importance of world language study in the global society, where fluency in other languages and familiarity with other cultures are prerequisites for success. In the face of this reality, Kentucky high schools and colleges are turning to performance-based assessments and real-world experiences to help students acquire life-long foreign language skills.
The French Language Initiative is focused on promoting the study of French language and French-speaking cultures and increasing the number of students enrolling in French programs nationwide. It is a partnership between the Embassy of France in the U.S. and the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).
A very comprehensive website which offers numerous links grouped under a wide range of topics, ranging from advocacy for French language and culture, Francophone organizations, investment, to business support.
by Katie Lepi, Edudemic, March 1, 2014
by Michael Elchik, The Huffington Post Blog, October 25, 2013
Link to Blog Post
“Lexington for Elementary School Foreign Languages” or Lex4Lang is an initiative by a group of parents and teachers who advocate for teaching foreign languages in elementary schools in Lexington, MA. After some programs were eliminated due to funding cuts, the initiative formed and actively seeks to get programs re-instated.
A 3-minute animated video posted on YouTube.
Content Developer: Mary Risner, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.
Uploaded January 24, 2012
A nine-page document explaining the need for individuals with language and cultural skills. Includes a table with some data on U.S. Exports via Florida, a short animated video on “Are we prepared for the jobs of the future” (Content Developer: Mary Risner; Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida).
The Burns Park Foreign Language Initiative is a non-profit organization run by parents who are working to fund language instruction at Burns Park Elementary School for grades K-2.
Burns Park, Ann Arbor School District, Michigan
Building a Program lists eight important steps when creating a language program. The page is part of the Ñandutí-Foreign Language Learning Pre-8 Website.
Go to Website
The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) put together several articles and documents for language educators. Included is also a summary of the Status Report on WL in Connecticut Public Schools (also a link to the full report) and a video.
CT COLT Website
CT COLT World Language Advocacy Video on YouTube – filmed at the CT COLT annual conference in 2008.
A short web page by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) listing reasons to study Portuguese.
In December 2013, the Goethe Institute launched a new campaign to show the value of learning another language. Just Add German has its own Web site with advocacy resources for teachers, testimonials (a section in progress), and tool kits.
The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) maintains a site on which you will find information on advocacy initiatives, flyers, and articles.
All about the Arabic Language.
From the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA).
This online text traces the history of the Arabic language, explains why it is important to study it, and discusses the differences between the colloquial and standard forms, the alphabet, and the custom of greetings.
by Russell Berman
CNN Schools of Thought Blog
January 5, 2012
by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, The Huffington Post, February 1, 2012
Link to article
by Dan Roitman, The Huffington Post, June 13, 2013