Advocating for Language

We advocate with the United States Congress and Executive Branch for all programs that support Foreign Language and international education, to include

  • Restoration of the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP)
  • Full funding for TitleVI/Fulbright Hays
  • Increased funding for:
    • StarTALK
    • The Language Flagship
    • The Boren Program
    • English for Heritage Learners
    • The National Security Language Initiative Program for Youth
    • The Critical Language Scholarship Program
    • The Teachers of Critical Languages Program
    • The Intensive Summer Language Institutes

View a detailed explanation of these programs.

We work actively with the Departments of Education, State, and Defense to promote these programs, to monitor their implementation, and to advocate for expanded access to more languages and levels of learning. We work in close collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages to promote local and state advocacy. We work with the $15b US language services industry to promote language education and standards.

JNCL-NCLIS holds an annual Language Advocacy Day in the spring, affording members and others the opportunity to meet with their Senators and Representatives as well as US Government officials. During the Language Advocacy Day, attendees also hear presentations by professionals from all sectors of the language field and are invited to join in advocacy workshops, policy roundtables, and more, while connecting with colleagues across sectors and gaining a deeper understanding of the applications of and needs for language in the U.S.