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July WAFLT eVoice: Seal of Biliteracy, Insights from Polyglots, and More!

Advocacy in Action

Beyond "Preaching to the Choir": Diverse stakeholders join forces to support language learning

By Karen Fowdy



Speaking out about the value of learning languages comes naturally to World Language teachers. We have experienced the joy of connecting with other individuals and cultures through language and are eager to share that joy with others. However, our advocacy efforts can feel lonely and frustrating when our passion for the value of language learning is not reflected in the policies of our local, state, or national educational leadership or economic issues and priorities. But there is GOOD NEWS about taking our message beyond the choir to which we are often preaching! Two ground-breaking initiatives, one at the state level and one at the national level, join together a broad range of stakeholders in a call for action to improve the status of language teaching and learning in our state and country. Read more.

Polyglots share insights on language learning

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief

Steve Kaufmann of Canada, who speaks 16 languages, and Shannon Kennedy of California, who speaks nine languages, recently shared during a radio interview how they became interested in becoming multilingual. They also discussed how they keep up with speaking so many tongues and why language learning should be enjoyable and meaningful.​ WBUR-FM (Boston)

Will Every State Offer Special Recognition for Its Bilingual Graduates?

SOURCE: EdWeek Update

Since the seal of biliteracy was introduced in California earlier this decade, its popularity has surged across the country, with nearly every state scrambling to offer special recognition for high school graduates who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages. Just six years later, students in 43 states and the District of Columbia can earn statewide or district-level recognition noting their skills in more than one language. Learning the Language Blog

 

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Is language learning lagging in the US?

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief
 
The US is facing a foreign-language gap, and it is growing, says Marty Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this interview, Abbott discusses the languages being taught in US classrooms and what can be done to improve language education.​ WBUR-FM (Boston)
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