Announcements

RECENT FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE BILLS

SOURCE: Senate Report 110-107 - DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION BILL, 2008

The Committee recommends $26,780,000 for the foreign language assistance program. The comparable funding level for fiscal year 2007 was $23,780,000. The budget request is $23,755,000.

The Committee intends for funding available under this program to promote the goal of well-articulated, long-sequence language programs that lead to demonstrable results for all students. The Committee directs the Department not to make grants to schools that are replacing current traditional language programs with critical needs language instruction.

Funds from this program support competitive grants to increase the quality and quantity of foreign language instruction. At least 75 percent of the appropriation must be used to expand foreign language education in the elementary grades. The Committee has included bill language that prohibits foreign language assistance program funds from being used for the foreign language incentive program.

The Committee is concerned that this program, which is the only Federal program designed to help schools meet the need for foreign language instruction, is unavailable to the poorest schools because grant recipients must provide a 50 percent match from non-Federal sources. The Committee, therefore, strongly urges the Secretary to use her ability to waive the matching requirement for qualifying schools and to increase awareness of this accommodation among the affected school population.

For more information on the designation "Critical Foreign Language", click here

 

$8.7 MILLION IN GRANTS AWARDED FOR CRITICAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

 

Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi Among Languages Targeted for Learning

FOR RELEASE:
June 14, 2007

Contact: Jim Bradshaw or David Thomas
(202) 401-1576

On June 14th, 2007, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced $8.7 million in grants to school districts in 20 states to help increase the number of Americans learning foreign languages critical to national security and commerce.

As part of President Bush's National Security Language Initiative, the grants are intended to address the shortage of critical foreign language speakers by supporting new and expanded programs in grades K-12.

"Too few speak languages like Arabic, Chinese and Farsi at a time when communication is vital to a peaceful world," said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. "We hope these funds will enable more students to become fluent in critical languages."

Less than one percent of American high school students study Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Urdu, according to the State Department. Less than eight percent of U.S. undergraduates take foreign language courses, and fewer than two percent study abroad in any given year. Foreign language degrees account for only one percent of undergraduate degrees conferred in the United States.

The National Security Language Initiative aims to boost the number of Americans studying Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi and others in programs from kindergarten through college. To do that, the initiative will help develop teachers in those languages and encourage students to study critical foreign languages.

Besides the Education Department, other federal agencies have roles in the initiative, including the State Department, Defense Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

To help raise public awareness about the language shortage, Secretary Spellings has told audiences that, "This is not just an education issue; it's an economic issue, a civic issue, a social issue, a national security issue, and it's everybody's issue."

While only 44 percent of our American high school students are studying any foreign language, Spellings said learning a second or even a third foreign language is compulsory for students in the European Union, China, Thailand and other countries.

"Many begin learning before they're even 10 years old," she said. "And as fluent, accent-less adults, they will have a strong advantage over monolingual Americans in developing new relationships and businesses in countries other than their own."

For more information on the department's Foreign Language Assistance Program, see http://www.ed.gov/programs/flap/index.html. For details on the National Security Language Initiative, visit http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/nsli/index.html.

Foreign Language Assistance Program
Office of English Language Acquisition
New Grants for FY 2007

AZ-CAVE CREEK, Cave Creek Unified School District, $117,151.

CA-CERRITOS, ABC Unified School District, $299,786.

CA-CHULA VISTA, Chula Vista Ele. Sch. Dist.—Salt Creek Ele. Sch., $149,487.

CA-CITY OF INDUSTRY, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, $272,241.

CA-DAVIS, Davis Joint Unified School District, $278,921.

CA-LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles Unified School District, $174,698.

CA-PALO ALTO, Palo Alto Unified School District, $201,418.

CA-POWAY, Poway Unified School District, $150,000.

CA-ROWLAND HEIGHTS, Rowland Unified School District, $134,500.

CA-SAN MARINO, San Marino Unified School District, $208,714.

CA-VENTURA, Ventura Unified School District, $181,858.

CA-VISTA, Eagles Peak Charter School, $40,920

CA-WOODLAND, Woodland Joint Unified School District, $276,669.

CT-GLASTONBURY, Glastonbury Town School District, $156,910.

CT-HARTFORD, Hartford Public Schools, $200,000.

DE-LEWES, Cape Henlopen School District, $243,722.

HI-HONOLULU, Honolulu School District, $204,501.

IN-MUNICE, Indiana Academy for Science, $122,535.

IAWELLMAN, Mid-Prairie Community Schools, $238,482.

IA-WEST DES MOINES, West Des Moines Community School District, $119,844.

IA-WEST DES MOINES, West Des Moines Community School District, $197,000.

KS-EMPORIA, Emporia Unified School District 243, $161,865.

KS-GALENA, Galena Unified School District 499, $171,684.

MI-DEARBORN, Dearborn Academy, $150,000.

MI-DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Star International Academy, $339,586.

MI-ROCKFORD, Rockford Public Schools, $100,658.

MN-FOREST LAKE, Lakes International Language Academy, $264,946.

MN-ST. PAUL, Twin Cities German Immersion School, $79,872.

NC-FAYETTEVILLE, Cumberland County Schools, $157,819.

NC-MONROE, Union County School District, $153,324.

NC-MORGANTOWN, Burke County Public Schools, $47,975.

NC-SANFORD, Provision State Charter Academy, $300,000.

NJ-EDISON, Edison Township Public Schools, $197,500.

NJ-MONTVALE, Pascack Valley Regional High School District, $64,500.

NJ-RED BANK, Red Bank Borough Public Schools, $80,100.

NY-ALBANY, City School District of Albany, $46,435.

NY-BRONX, John Philip Sousa Middle School 142, $110,163.

NY-MOUNT VERNON, Mount Vernon City School District, $236,911.

NY-NEW YORK, NYC Department of Education, Region 10, District 3, $149,856.

NE-OGALLALA, Educational Service Unit #16, $126,021.

NE-OMAHA, Douglas County Schools District No. 1, $178,797.

OH-CINCINNATI, Cincinnati Public Schools, $231,381.

OH-COLUMBUS, Horizon Educational Services of Columbus Inc., $63,950.

OH-LISBON, Columbiana County Educational Service Center, $156,380.

OR-EUGENE, Eugene School District 4J, $164,864.

TN-MEMPHIS, Memphis City Schools, $100,090.

TX-DALLAS, Dallas Independent School District, $256,014.

TX-EL PASO, Ysleta Independent School District, $299,995.

TX-HOUSTON, Houston Independent School District, $108,324.

TX-LEAGUE CITY, Clear Creek Independent School District, $141,640.

UT-OGDEN, Davinci Academy of Science and the Arts, $50,000.

VA-POQUOSON, Poquoson City Schools, $88,074.

TOTAL — $8.7 million

 

UN PROCLAIMS 2008 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES

On May 16th, 2007, the UN General Assembly, recognizing that genuine multilingualism promotes unity in diversity and international understanding, proclaimed 2008 the International Year of Languages.

Acting without a vote, the Assembly, also recognizing that the United Nations pursues multilingualism as a means of promoting, protecting and preserving diversity of languages and cultures globally, emphasized the paramount importance of the equality of the Organization’s six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

In that regard, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to ensure that all language services were given equal treatment and were provided with equally favourable working conditions and resources. The Secretary-General was also requested to complete the task of publishing all important older United Nations documents on the Organization’s website in all six official languages, on a priority basis . . . . for more information, click here

 

ASL BILL SIGNED INTO LAW IN GEORGIA

The Georgia Legislature and Governor Purdue signed into law on the 13th of June 2007 the bill establishing that American Sign Language can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirements for a college preparatory diploma for any student in the state of Georgia. Georgia joins by this action about 45 other states in accepting ASL for inclusion in foreign/modern language programs.

 

HOST AN LCTL TEACHER

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program currently has applications for American secondary schools to host Chinese or Arabic teachers during the 2007-2008 academic year. They are qualified EFL teachers in China and Jordan who will teach their native languages during their year of participation. American Councils will provide both medical insurance and monthly living stipends, and seeks schools with established Chinese or Arabic programs to which exchange teachers can complement. Host
schools are asked, among other things, to provide a mentor teacher who can help the exchange teacher integrate within both the school community and the community overall. Applications can be found at http://www.americancouncils.org, and the application deadline is 5/30. For more information, contact Ben Dunbar, Senior Program Officer, at bdunbar@americancouncils.org or 202-833-7522.

HOUSE PASSES 2005: THE YEAR OF LANGUAGES PROCLAMATION

Alexandria, VA, March 9, 2005 -- The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed H. Res. 122 proclaiming 2005 as The Year of Languages throughout the United States. The proclamation, sponsored by Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH), recognizes the critical role that language learning plays in enhancing America’s national security and our future role in the global community.

The resolution urges that language education begin early in life and continue throughout a student’s academic career. It cites the link that has been shown between language learning and stronger performance in other academic disciplines. It also credits the efforts of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its affiliated organizations to broaden public awareness of the value of language proficiency.

In its language, the proclamation also urges President Bush to issue a Presidential Proclamation in support of 2005: The Year of Languages.

“ACTFL applauds this strong endorsement from the House for the urgent need for expanded language education in our schools, and we are grateful to Rep. Holt and Rep. Tiberi for their sponsorship of the resolution,” said ACTFL Executive Director Bret Lovejoy. “With our guidance, organizations and schools at the regional, state and local levels are staging a variety of special events and competitions in celebration of The Year of Languages. We hope those interested in knowing more will visit our www.yearoflanguages.org web site and get involved in their communities.”

With more than 6,000 members, ACTFL is the only national organization serving educators in all languages at all levels.

For more information please click on these links:
H.Res 122 as Passed 3-8-05
Holt Press Release YOL Res Passage 3-05
House Res ACTFL Release 3-05

2005: The Year of Languages

Under the guidance and stewardship of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 2005 will be celebrated as The Year of Languages in the United States. These celebrations will take place in a variety of settings, including elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions as well as at events at the local, state and national levels across America. As the representatives of all aspects of foreign language education, ACTFL and its affiliated organizations are prepared to coordinate a cooperative effort to include all of the various organizations and agencies in the foreign language community. This is an opportunity to focus America's attention on the academic, social and economic benefits of studying other languages and cultures from around the world. This initiative will seek to positively influence the full range of language programs in U.S. schools and communities and the students these programs are designed to serve. The campaign plan will capture the attention and interest of all Americans with the involvement and assistance of teachers, administrators, state, local and federal legislators and government officials, businesses and, perhaps most important, parents.

The goal of The Year of Languages (YOL) celebration is to advance the concept that every American should develop proficiency not only in English, but in other languages as well.

Click here to visit the website of the Year of Languages

 

National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)
National Flagship Language Initiative
Application for Grants

The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland is pleased to provide you with application materials for an expansion of programs under the National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) National Flagship Language Initiative. NFLC considers it a distinct pleasure to serve as the administrative agent and substantive specialist for this important effort.

NSEP was created by Congress in 1991 to address the need to increase the ability of Americans to communicate and compete globally by knowing other languages and cultures of other countries. NSEP embodies a recognition that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the new challenges of a global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

The National Flagship Language Initiative (NFLI) Program has already successfully launched comprehensive programs of instruction in Chinese (Mandarin) and Korean as well as overseas immersion programs in Arabic and Russian. We hope through this latest solicitation to identify and invest in the immediate development of one U.S. campus-based program in Persian that prepares students for the higher level instruction.

Sincerely,

Myriam Met
Acting Director

Please click here to download the application material (Word File).

 

 

National Flagship Language Initiative
Chinese K-16 Pipeline Project

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) announces a new major effort as part of its National Flagship Language Initiative (NFLI). This project – the Chinese K-16 Flagship -- will, for the first time, focus on the development of an articulated K-16 student pipeline with the goal of graduating linguistically and culturally competent students. A language critical to the U.S. now and in the future, NSEP has chosen Chinese as the prototype for this effort.

NFLI is a strategic partnership between the U.S. national security community and higher education to address serious short- and long-term deficits in expertise in languages critical to national security. Funded by Congress, NFLI supports a number of highly innovative programs at major U.S universities that focus on developing and implementing intensive U.S.-based and overseas curriculum to produce students across fields and disciplines with a high level of proficiency in critical languages.

The National Language Conference sponsored in June 2004 by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland together with a recently held National Language Policy Summit sponsored by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) highlighted the compelling need for articulated programs that develop paths for U.S. students, as early as possible in the education process, to move toward higher levels of proficiency in critical languages. The Chinese K-16 Flagship responds to a number of compelling requirements articulated at the June 2004 Conference including:

  • Increasing language skills and cultural awareness are national requirements that will be filled primarily at the state and local level.
  • Meeting the need for greater coordination within the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational system and a need for coordination at the national level.
  • Providing a national language strategy that is affordable and encompasses both bottom-up and top-down initiatives.
  • Recognizing that the rich population of multi-lingual Americans found in our heritage communities needs to be invited to participate in this national initiative.

NSEP is pleased to respond to this urgent national need. In mid-March 2005, NSEP will release a preliminary Request for Proposals (RFP). This pre-RFP will be available to all U.S. Institutions of Higher Education. It will outline the tasks involved in the Project and specify the requirements to be considered by all potential applicants. NSEP will be seeking institutions of higher education that are co-located with elementary, middle and high school systems already delivering Chinese instruction and possess, themselves, considerable knowledge and evidence in language pedagogy and instruction.

NSEP will also announce two pre-proposal conferences (west and east coast) in late April before formal release of the RFP. Interested colleges and universities, together with representatives from local school systems, will have an opportunity to learn more about the program and ask questions about the RFP. NSEP expects formal release of the final RFP in early May with proposals due by July 1. We anticipate an announcement of the award on or about August 15 with project startup by the 1st of September.

For further information and to receive updates on this effort please contact NSEP, preferably by email at:

National Security Education Program
nsepo@ndu.edu
703-696-1991 (Point of Contact: S. Falat)

 

 

New Titles Eurasia - Caucasus Language Books

Dear Representatives of National Council Of Less Commonly Taught Languages:

We would like to inform you about our foreign book sales operation and if you would like a current copy of our Georgian Language books. Please respond to this message and we will send one to you in pdf. format. We are expanding our book and language resource materials to include titles from across the countries of region of the former Silk Road. At this time our headquarters is located in the Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia. If you have special inquiries into specialty books dealing with specific topics and themes originating from the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia, Turkey, and Iran please feel free to contact us and we try our best to help you. We hope that with the growing interest in our region and especially Georgia in the wake of the Velvet (Rose) Revolution of November 2003, and importance of the geopolitical status of the region will develop a greater interest among western scholars and readers in our literature and books. We hope that our book operations can accommodate your book business and your clients in providing titles not available in the west. We also hope to provide the best possible service to your business. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Sincerely,
Tengiz Gogotishvili
Silk Road Books
9 Chonkadze Str,
Tbilisi 0105
Republic of Georgia
silkroadbooks@gol.ge

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