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Be an Advocate for Language Education
ACTFL is working to raise public awareness on the benefits of language learning in order to influence the direction of US education. Our goals include: maintaining existing language education programs, diversifying instruction to new languages, and reaching more middle and elementary school students with foreign language instruction. Now, more than ever, advocacy in support of language education is critical.
We often hear our leaders talk about the importance of a 21st Century education and the need for our future graduates to compete in the global marketplace. Language education is a critical component of the nation’s future competitiveness. Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you. If Congress doesn’t act, major cuts to foreign language and other vital education programs could take effect.
So who really benefits from learning languages? Students, business men and women and the community reap rewards; here's a breakdown of how each benefits.
Learn more about what some of the most recent research studies tell us about the many tangible benefits of language learning.
Here are the top ten state team advocacy goals for promoting support of language education. Use these goals to set up action plans for your community!
Want to request a District Office meeting with your Member of Congress’ staff? Check out our partner organizations. View tips published in the Legislative Look section of The Language Educator.
News involving language education. From a letter to President Obama signed by more than 3,000 national, state, and local organizations urging Congress to avoid further cuts to Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) Programs, to news of ACTFL's Teachers of the Year being congratulated by the Secretary of the Department of Education, read about what's happening.