Support the Teaching of World Languages

Support the Teaching of World Languages

by Judie Haynes

Although I spent 28 years teaching elementary ESL, my first teaching certification was in K-12 French language education. I have never lost my interest in language education in the U.S

As educators involved in the language development of English Language Learners, we advocate for bilingualism. We know how important it is for students to learn a second language. It is time for ELL educators to join world language teachers in their fight to promote language education in our schools.

Already budget cuts in the United States have led to massive cuts in foreign languages, especially in elementary programs. Software programs are replacing teachers in many elementary schools. As language educators, we know that this is not the best way to teach children another language.

The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), the only federal source of funding for world languages in school districts around the country, is in danger of being cut or eliminated entirely. We need to join our world language teacher colleagues in their fight against the cut. Go to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL website and read the information on what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning.

You can demonstrate your support of the teaching of world languages in the U.S. by writing to your U.S. Senators and Representatives Share this information with the colleagues in your school.