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Bring the Message to Organizations Beyond the Language Profession

TIP: When we speak to others within the language profession, we are “preaching to the converted,” as the old adage goes. But it is important to reach beyond the boundaries of the language community and find advocates in other organizations. Start by seeking out opportunities to speak or present about language learning today. Send in a proposal connecting language education to the goals of a particular organization you are targeting. For example, early childhood associations are interested in the role of learning languages in preschool and early childhood; board of education and school executive associations are interested in the role of languages in the total academic curriculum; PTAs and other parent-teacher organizations are interested in the role of studying languages in their children’s overall education. There are numerous professional and education-related associations whose members can benefit from being informed about language education.

Seek them out and spread the word!