ALEXANDRIA, Virginia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced today that February 2019 Leading with languages Advocacy month. As part of its wider mission to improve and extend the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of education, ACTFL has planned a number of activities and initiatives throughout of the month to celebrate and raise awareness of foreign language education across the United States.
As part of Leading with languages Advocacy Month, ACTFL launches its Leading with languages Foreign Language Scholarship Program and Enrollment Campaign, as well as a first-of-its-kind survey of the value of language in the U.S. economy.
The survey will provide the most comprehensive view to date of foreign language needs and availability in the US economy. This groundbreaking industry report will include new data highlighting the critical need for language skills in the workplace and the impact of these skills on the US economy.
“Today’s world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent. In the 21st century, knowing a second language is not only beneficial, but necessary for success in business and in life. Leading with languages
Advocacy Month allows us to draw attention to an issue that is often deprioritized for larger initiatives,” said Howie Berman, CAE, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL ).
He continued: “The reality is that language skills fuel the global economy. Universities review applications from multilingual candidates to identify future global leaders. Employers and companies are looking for candidates who can navigate the modern economy. Learning another language allows students to develop both sets of skills. We hope that these initiatives will not only help students improve their own personal language skills, but that one day they will also pass these skills on to the next generation.
the Leading with languages The scholarship program is aimed at high school seniors who are committed to pursuing a career as a foreign language teacher. This program will work in conjunction with a larger ACTFL initiative, “Educator’s Rising”, a teacher-led mentorship program for early career language teachers.
The ACTFL uses the scholarship program to reward students interested in language teaching and to continue its efforts to build a pool of foreign language teachers and address the growing shortage of language teachers nationwide. national.
In addition to the scholarship program, ACTFL also organizes a month-long foreign language registration campaign as an anchor for Leading with languages Month of advocacy to increase enrollment in foreign language programs for the upcoming academic year.
“In modern academia, we see a lot of attention given to STEM and other initiatives. STEM initiatives are very important, but supplementing STEM with foreign language education allows students to open up to a whole new world of opportunity by pursuing a more inclusive curriculum. Languages allow students to get even more out of the valuable education they are already receiving,” Berman said.
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On Leading with languages
Created in 2017, Leading with languages is an unprecedented multi-year campaign to reverse the country’s language skills deficit and make language learning a national priority. The campaign aims to raise awareness in the United States of the growing importance of language skills for a wide range of careers – and for our country’s economy, national security and international reputation – with the ultimate goal of supporting a new generation. Americans proficient in other languages. and cultures and equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy.
About the ACTFL
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association of language teaching professionals at all levels of education and representing all languages. With over 12,500 active members, ACTFL offers innovative professional development opportunities, recognized training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies, and language teaching resources, including Annals in foreign languages and The language teacher magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides advice to the profession and the general public on issues, policies and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language teachers and administrators and is driven by the responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.