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Languages for All? Final Report
Can All U.S. Residents Have the Opportunity to Learn a Second Language?
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Language is for everyone
The mission of JNCL-NCLIS is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language, to advance the language profession in the US, and to raise awareness about the importance of language and international education to the national interest.
We shape national policy for World Languages, ASL, and international education and to raise the profile of the language enterprise.
JNCL and NCLIS represent the language profession to the United States. As professional organizations in teaching, translation, interpreting, testing, research, and many other fields, we raise public awareness of language as an enterprise vital to national well-being. The language enterprise employs 500,000 Americans who work to foster mutual understanding and who deserve continued public support.
Through advocating for the language enterprise in the US, JNCL-NCLIS works to
- Facilitate the free movement of people, information, and ideas
- Build up mutual understanding and acceptance of cultural and linguistic diversity
- Promote the personal development of the individual