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ACTFL Announces February Lead with Languages Advocacy Month Activities

CONTACT: Erin Whelchel
(703) 894-2900 x124

ALEXANDRIA, VA (January 31, 2020) — ACTFL has designated February 2020 as the third annual Lead With Languages Advocacy Month. As part of its greater mission to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction, ACTFL has planned a number of activities and initiatives throughout the month to celebrate and bring awareness to world language education across the United States.

During the month of February, the Lead with Languages campaign will celebrate stories from students, parents, teachers, and others who are advocating for language education programs from coast to coast.

ACTFL invites everyone involved in language acquisition—from students and parents to teachers, counselors, administrators, and policymakers—as well as those who recognize the value languages bring to their everyday lives to show support for language education at the local, state, and federal levels by participating in one or more advocacy activities this February, including the #LangMeme2020 Challenge launching on social media today.  The Challenge asks individuals to show their “why” by creating an original, positive meme in support of language learning and sharing the creations of others.  Some of the most creative entries will be featured on the @LeadWLanguages channels to broaden awareness of the cognitive and social benefits of language learning.

In addition to the #LangMeme2020 Challenge, advocates are encouraged to:

  • Follow and engage with @LeadWLanguages on social media,
  • Accentuate their profile pictures with a dedicated Twibbon,
  • Share key findings about the value and impact of language learning from ACTFL’s 2019 Making Languages Our Business report, and
  • Nominate a multilingual professional in their network to potentially be featured in a series of Professional Profile testimonials.

“Research has shown time and again that language learning boosts students’ academic achievement in other subject areas, as well as their communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and capacity for empathy and cultural awareness. Ultimately, this will also translate into future career success in an increasingly globalized economy,” said Erin Whelchel, Outreach Manager for ACTFL. “When we advocate to support language programs, we are advocating for the success of our children, our communities, and, in turn, our country.”

For more information regarding ACTFL and Lead with Languages Advocacy Month, follow Lead with Languages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and participate in the conversation by downloading the 2020 social media kit.


About Lead with Languages

Created in 2017, Lead with Languages is an unprecedented, multi-year campaign aimed at reversing the nation’s language skills gap and making language learning a national priority. The campaign seeks to build awareness across the U.S. about the growing importance of language skills to a wide array of careers—and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing—with the ultimate goal of supporting a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy. 



ACTFL is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,500 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Friday, January 31, 2020