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Volunteer to Testify for or Against Bills that Affect Language Education

TIP: State language associations should organize their members to testify before their state senate and house education committees about upcoming legislation that affects language programs. Legislators recognize the value of testimony from language professionals and your testimony will almost certainly influence the committee’s vote. If you are testifying against a bill, remember to progress quickly from the negative to the positive. For example, if there is a bill introduced that would eliminate a high school graduation requirement for foreign language, you can testify that you oppose the bill for specific reasons. Then move on to provide positive reasons that learning languages are critical for our students. Position statements of your state language association or from ACTFL are quite appropriate to include in testimony. You can also use testimony as an opportunity to educate legislators about language education today.