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Articulating Change, JNCL & ACTFL Announce Webinar & PD Series for Language Advocates and Educators

Updated: Sep 20, 2022




WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2022 – Today, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), the leading advocacy coalition uniting language educators and professionals to advocate for equitable language opportunities, announced their upcoming four-part webinar series Articulating Change which will build advocates’ capacity to make the case for languages on the Hill, in the boardroom, through the classroom. The series positions advocacy as an act of communication and storytelling by tying each topic to a mode of communication as defined by the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards. The Articulating Change webinar series and supporting professional development activities are made possible by a generous sponsorship from ACTFL.


In each webinar, attendees will hear personal and professional stories from special guest speakers and JNCL leaders who will share their language experience and understanding of how different types of communication impact audiences and highlight the value of communicative action in advocacy work. At the conclusion of the presentation portion of the webinars, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a professional development activity and debrief led by ACTFL educators to build experience and confidence in employing the three-modes driven language instruction as advocacy.


JNCL is honored to feature guest speaker Joshua Cooper, CEO of the GOOD Group, and guest educator Milton Alan Turner, French and Spanish Teacher at Saint Ignatius High School in the first webinar, Advocacy as an Act of Interpersonal Communication, on September 29th, 2022. Cooper is a human rights advocate engaging in global and regional mechanisms guaranteeing fundamental freedoms. Cooper has participated as an official observer at United Nations meetings in both the charter and treaty bodies of the human rights machinery for over two decades. Alan has participated in Fulbright Seminars in Morocco, Tunisia, Thailand, and Vietnam and in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes studying world literature, Arabic language and culture, and US foreign policy.


To register for the webinar visit www.languagepolicy.org/events.

  • Date: September 29th, 2022

  • Event: Articulating Change: Advocacy as an Act of Interpersonal Communication

  • Subtopic: Language at the Intersection of Human Rights and Social Justice

  • Featured Guests: Joshua Cooper, CEO, The GOOD Group; Milton Alan Turner, French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School

  • Cost $35, 2 professional development hours


Upcoming Webinars:

  • October 27th, 2022 - Advocacy as an Act of Interpretive Communication, Language at the Intersection of Healthcare and Science

  • December 1st, 2022 - Advocacy as an Act of Presentational Communication, Language at the Intersection of Business and Hospitality

  • January 12th, 2023 - Advocacy as an Act of Storytelling, Language at the Intersection of Media and Journalism


 

About JNCL-NCLIS:


Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) unites a national network of leading organizations and businesses comprised of over 300,000 language professionals to advocate for equitable language learning opportunities. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language. Contact: info@languagepolicy.org

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