Advocacy: Links to organisations and resources to support the advocacy and promotion of language learning



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  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Discover Languages is a national campaign built on the American Year of Languages 2005 – this website offers a wealth of promotional material for languages
  • National Council for State Supervisors For Languages (NCSSFL) This website offers a wealth of promotional material for promoting languages
  • Is Bilingualism Valued in the US Labor Market? A study conducted by the Workforce Language Service which revealed that second language skills could increase earnings in particular geographic areas and in certain occupations in the US.
  • USA Dept of Defense Initiative foreign language and cultural expertise initiative (announced in 2005)
  • The Partnership for 21st Century SkillsThis organization aims to bring 21st Century Skills to every child in America by serving as a catalyst for change in teaching and assessment and as an advocate among education policy makers through a unique partnership among education, business, and government.
  • Vistawide a good listing of 10 reasons why you should be learning languages
  • Californian Language Teacher’s Association (CLTA) Advocacy an interesting set of links, especially with regard to understanding the Amercian context
  • General

  • Learn a Foreign Language Blog All about learning foreign languages, the benefits of learning a language, and the best ways to go about learning them. A source of aid and comfort for language buffs of all ages, abilities, and nationalities.
  • Foreign Languages: An Essential Core Experience A site with lots of links to research on the cognitive and academic benefits of language learning.
  • Foreign Language Teaching Forum (FLTEACH) The Foreign Language Teaching Forum is an integrated service for FL teachers including this WWW site, the email LISTSERV Academic Discussion List, list archives, and the FLNews. Our topic is foreign language teaching methods for all levels and all languages including school/college articulation, training of student teachers, classroom activities, curriculum, and syllabus design. Students in teacher training programs, teachers both new and experienced, administrators, and other professionals interested in any aspect of foreign language teaching are invited to participate in the discussions.
  • Information and links in this section were, to the best of our knowledge, accurate at the time of publication.