CLTA’s Advocacy Committee is dedicated to promoting language education in the State of California. The committee’s first goal is to see content standards written for foreign languages. In addition to content standards, the Advocacy Committee is working to make sure that funding is available for language educators and language programs. If you would like more information about CLTA’s Advocacy Committee or about how you can be a language advocate, e-mail Tanya Zaccone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put CLTA Advocacy in the subject line.
Ideas for Promoting and Supporting the Study of Foreign Language:
- State Seal of Biliteracy – Find out about the new State Seal of Biliteracy that you can provide for your students as of January 1, 2012. Check out all the details by clicking on this link. Here is information from the bill that can help you in establishing the State Seal of Biliteracy program for students at your school. For more information, see the complete Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley, September 2011).
- Skills for the 21st Century
- Assembly Committee on Education
- Explore all of the videos on this page (they are in English) to hear how developing global competence, including world language skills, is helping Americans complete their work and service projects at home and abroad. You might choose to share some or all of these videos with students, counselors and administrators. You might even go a step further and use the videos at parent events, such as back to school night and open house. Or perhaps make a brief presentation to your school board incorporating these videos.
- The Obama Administration and Languages – A summary from our legislative advocate in Washington, JNCL.
- Educators: Early language classes can prime students’ minds – Children exposed to foreign languages for just a half an hour each week can help them later on, language-education experts say. “[They] won’t become fluent, but that’s not the point of those programs,” said Julie Sugarman, a research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics. “It’s to give them exposure to the language. Just because kids aren’t able to do calculus in sixth grade doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach math in elementary school.” (See article.)
- Ideas to Celebrate Languages and Cultures (Great for National Foreign Language Week or any time)
- How to Publicize Your Event
- Sample Press Release
- Benefits of Multilingualism
- Languages Make a Difference
- Advocacy links
- Crucial Needs for Foreign Language and International Studies
- NEA Today Article: Finding Our Way with Words – Adapting to the Global age means having a voice in it. Can america’s schools break the language barrier?
- World Language Study Translates to Higher SAT Scores
- California Council on Teacher Education supports the establishment of a California State Seal of Biliteracy to be affixed to the diploma or transcript of pupils.