This is the year to Lead with Languages! The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) encourages all interested parties to view this video and advocate for languages.
Grants and Funding
Language Flagship, U.S. Department of State
The Language Flagship leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. Through an innovative partnership among the federal government, education, and business, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.
STARTALK, Center for Language and Area Studies - Office of the Director of National Intelligence
STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security
Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of
2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of
strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the
US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays
programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education
program of the National Defense University, and study abroad and exchange
programs of the US Department of State.
STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.