TAKE ACTION:  "We often hear our leaders talk about the importance of a 21st Century education, and the need for our future graduates to compete in the global marketplace.  Foreign language education is a critical component of the nation’s future competitiveness. Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you. If Congress doesn’t act, major cuts to foreign language and other vital education programs could take effect. - See more at: ACTFL Advocacy 

The American Association of Teachers of French now has a Commission on Advocacy to defend your French program, whether you are a member or not. For more information, click here for  letter from Robert D. Peckham and here for the AATF Advocacy Fact Pack.(Much of this information may be of interest to teachers of other languages as well.)

Do you need research to defend or build your program? This document is a compilation of resources on the benefits of learning languages from the NEA website. Take a look! There's lots of valuable information. Thanks to Grace Leavitt for submitting it.

Gisela Hoecherl Alden has put together a marvelous brochure describing reasons for learning languages. It is suitable for students, parents, school board members--anyone thinking about language learning. Please feel free to download it and to distribute it as you see fit.