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CLTA ADVOCACY

CLTA’s Advocacy Committee is dedicated to promoting language education in the State of California. The Advocacy Team provides up-to-date information for legislators and the public, sponsors and supports various  events, and works to make sure that funding is available for 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 exec-director@clta.net. Please put CLTA Advocacy in the subject line.

Ideas for Promoting and Supporting the Study of Foreign Language:

  • Contact your legislators to let your voice be heard: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html
  • California State Standardshttp://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/worldlanguage2009.pdf
  • National World-Readiness Standards for Learning Language at http://www.actfl.org/search/node/standards
  • State Seal of Biliteracy – Find out about the State Seal of Biliteracy that you can provide for your students as of January 1, 2012, to show their proficiency in language(s). Check out all the details by clicking http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp. To find out more, and what other states are doing, go to http://sealofbiliteracy.org/
  • P21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning website says the framework “was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes. It has been used by thousands of educators and hundreds of schools in the U.S. and abroad to put 21st century skills at the center of learning.” Check it out at http://www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework
  • 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.)
  • Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education can be found at: http://www.cal.org/twi/Guiding_Principles.pdf
  • Ideas to Celebrate Languages and Cultures (Great for National Foreign Language Week or any time)
  • How to Publicize Your Event
  • Sample Press Release
  • 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? http://www.nea.org/home/10973.htm
  • World Language Study Translates to Higher SAT Scores
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