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March 9, 2017         






Congress advised of critical need to boost language study

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) delivered its final report on the future of language education to the U.S. Congress on February 28, recommending "a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background." Congress will be pleased to hear that the report does not call for "massive increases in funding at the local, state or federal levels," according to Paul LeClerc, director of Columbia University's Global Center in Paris and chair of the Academy's Commission on Language Learning.


"Our greatest challenge, as our final report highlights in detail, is one of teaching capacity," said LeClerc. "The Commission recommends ways to organize existing resources so that we can teach more Americans to speak more languages at an earlier age. We also want to make sure that language education is available to people of every cultural and socioeconomic background." Read more.




People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason

Speaking a different language-whether it's your grandparents' tongue or high-school Spanish-fundamentally changes the structure of your brain. Put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, and you create the potential for some truly original thinking. We already know that businesses thrive on the diversity of ideas created by a multicultural workforce. Multicultural awareness is an essential soft skill in work as well as life, and it goes beyond office culture to economic benefits: According to a recent survey by the Economist, two-thirds of 572 international company executives say that their teams' multicultural nature increases their organization's innovation. But the languages these diverse teams speak might be just as significant as their cultural offerings. Read more.



Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning

The most widely read GEM Report publication is our paper last year on language policy in education. Why? Because there are about 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, and, as we showed in that study, a staggering 40% of the global population are learning in a language they don't understand. It doesn't need explaining perhaps, that being taught by a teacher in a language you don't speak at home will negatively impact your school performance and test results, but it continues to be a hotly contested topic around the world - as recent headlines from Argentina, India and Uganda illustrate. Overall there is a growing body of evidence that supports our recommendation: at least six years of mother tongue instruction is needed in order to reduce learning gaps for minority language speakers. Read more.



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Youth Ambassadors Program to Columbia 

Overview: Partners of the Americas is seeking 15-17 year old students from DC and elsewhere who are interested in learning more about South America, practicing Spanish, becoming better leaders, engaging in volunteer service, and connecting with youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups. This free four-week summer program will take place in Washington, DC and Colombia. 


Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens, have good academic standing, and an ability to communicate effectively in Spanish.  


Program Dates: July 5-30, 2017


Deadline: March 14, 2017


More information:  Visit



Astana Expo 2017 Student Ambassador Program 

Overview: For Astana Expo 2017, Eurasia Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the American Councils for International Education are partnering to facilitate the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship program. Student Ambassadors are young people who will serve in various capacities at the USA Pavilion and will interact with the estimated two million visitors expected to attend Expo 2017.


Eligibility: Approximately 40 Student Ambassadors will be selected. Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh required. A minimum of three years of Russian OR two years of Kazakh at the college level or the equivalent is preferred; a working proficiency (ILR 2 /ACTFL Advanced) or higher in Russian or Kazakh is strongly preferred. An interest in the broader Eurasia region and those who could stay for the duration of the Expo (1 June to 12 September 2017) is required.


Deadline: March 15, 2017 


More information: visit



University of North Georgia Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA)

Overview: The FSLA has received national recognition for its high-quality high school language program. Our languages are taught in low-stress settings by highly-trained instructors using communicative language teaching methods. FSLA students come from all across the USA, from many foreign countries and from public, private and home schools. Our outstanding applicants come from every background, ethnicity, and religion, but all have similar interests in language learning and international understanding. If you are interested in international affairs or in a federal service career in organizations such as the FBI, CIA, Department of State, or US Military after graduation from college, then you should consider applying to the FSLA.


Deadline: April 1, 2017 

More information: visit



QFI Arabic Study Awards 

Overview: The goal of the QFI Arabic Study Awards is to recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students committed to furthering their knowledge of the Arabic language and the Arab world. By providing tuition support and professional development to these outstanding students, QFI seeks to develop cohorts of future leaders who are equipped with advanced Arabic language skills and cultural knowledge and ready to contribute to strengthening professional ties between the U.S. and the Arab world.

Between 2011 and 2016, 45 Education Awards were given. For the 2016-2017 academic year, QFI provided 33 Awards for students to study Arabic at universities in 10 different states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, some students will be studying abroad in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman with university-sponsored programs during the academic year.


Deadline: April 2, 2017 

More information: visit



Additional Opportunities for Students


Visit our Scholarships, Fellowships, and Study Abroad webpage for info on these and other opportunities.




Interpreter Service for DLA Aviation


Solicitation: SP4703-17-Q-HR01

Agency: Defense Logistics Agency

Office:  DLA Acquisition Locations

Event Date: Mar 14, 2017



Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS) Industry Day Announcement


Solicitation: W909MY-17-R-A009

Agency: Department of the Army

Office: Army Contracting Command

Event Date: March 14, 2017 - March 16, 2017



Sign Language Translation Service


Solicitation: VA24817Q0468

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs

Office: West Palm Beach VAMC

Response: April 18, 2017



Telephone Translation


Solicitation: VA24817Q0478

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs

Office: West Palm Beach VAMC

Response: April 18, 2017




National Foreign Language Center E-Learning Portal


Overview: For nearly seventeen years, the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland has been a developer of foreign language learning and assessment materials for Government clients. To date, the NFLC has worked in more than one hundred languages and regional dialects to produce for the Government over 13,700 units, including Assessment Objects, Language Learning Objects, Video Learning Objects, and Thematic Units. While all of these materials have been available through the Joint Language University (JLU), the majority of them have not been available outside of the JLU system.

In 2014, the NFLC built an e-learning portal to make this vast resource available to wider audience. A small monthly subscription helps the NFLC to keep the website updated with new learning materials as they are created. Subscriptions are available to individuals and groups, with groups receiving the added benefit of central management of their users and tiered discounts on subscription rates.


More information: To preview the languages, levels, modalities, and topics available, please visit the portal website at For additional info, email Taimur Khan.



Spanish & French Teachers Needed for Campus-Based Grades 3-5 TerpTalk Summer Day Camp


Overview: Is your classroom... Student-Centered?  Growth-Oriented? Rich with Target Language & Culture?  Connected to Life? Preference will be given to educators with experience teaching exclusively in the target language, working with 3-5 graders, and planning to facilitate learning through the principles of backward design. Camp staff will be required to attend two days of professional learning and instructional planning for two days preceding the camp. TerpTalk teachers will receive competitive compensation for their professional service. 

Send a letter of interest and CV or resume to

Program Dates: July 10-21, 2017


Priority Deadline

March 11, 2017



More information: email Nicole Rumeau at



Adult Mentors Program to Columbia 

Overview: Partners of the Americas is seeking teacher mentors from DC and elsewhere for a free four-week summer program which will take place in Washington, DC and Colombia. Mentors are responsible for accompanying and guiding youth through the summer program and for being an active participant before, during and after the exchange. 


Eligibility: Applicants must be teachers or community leaders, at least 21 years old, with extensive experience working with youth; have international travel experience; Spanish proficiency; and must be US citizens. 


Program Dates: July 5-30, 2017


Deadline: March 14, 2017


More information:  Visit



National Humanities Alliance Conference Call for Proposals


Overview: The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are pleased to announce the 2017 National Humanities Conference. The National Humanities Conference brings the humanities community together as a whole to explore how we can achieve broader public impact and advance the role the humanities play in addressing both local and global challenges. The 2017 conference asks how humanities practitioners and scholars can deepen, expand, and even re-envision the public role of the humanities.


Deadline: March 15, 2017


More information: Visit for more information and to submit proposal



JFLA Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant  


Overview: This program is intended to assist educational institutions in the U.S. to purchase teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, digital learning software, teachers' reference books, etc.) for their Japanese-language courses by providing financial support not exceeding $1,000.


The eligible items for support are Japanese-language teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, digital learning software, teachers' reference books, etc.) as well as cultural items (origami papers, calligraphy sets, etc.). The grant will NOT COVER electronics (laptop computers, tablet computers, camcorders, digital cameras, etc.) or consumable stationery supplies (papers, pens, etc.).


Deadline: March 15, 2017


More information: Visit



Professional Development for Teachers of LCTLs


Overview: A two week intensive program that will allow you to participate in a professional development focusing on the following themes: using Standards-Based, thematically Organized, backward Curriculum design with performance assessment in the three modes of communication; integrating language, culture, and content in LCTLs classroom; training participants to create a learner-centered classroom.


Eligibility: LCTLs, African language instructors, scholars, graduate students in good standing in any African language, linguistics, cultural studies, literature, second language acquisition, or any related field at an accredited institution of higher education are eligible. Even if you have attended the NALRC institute before 2016, you can apply for this because this is a  new set of themes that the NALRC is now focusing on since 2016. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate serious interest in LCTL and African Language learning and teaching.

Dates & Location: May 15 - 26, 2017 at NALRC, 1900 E 10th Street, 701 Eigenamnn Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47406


DeadlineMarch 31, 2017


More information: Visit the website.



Request for Comments: International Early Learning Study (IELS) 2018 Field test Recruitment


Overview: The International Early Learning Study (IELS), scheduled to be conducted in 2018, is a new study sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries. In the United States, the IELS is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The IELS focuses on young children and their cognitive and non-cognitive skills and competencies as they transition to primary school. The IELS is designed to examine: children's early learning and development in a broad range of domains, including social emotional skills as well as cognitive skills; the relationship between children's early learning and children's participation in early childhood education and care (ECEC); the role of contextual factors, including children's individual characteristics and their home backgrounds and experiences, in promoting young children's growth and development; and how early learning varies across and within countries prior to beginning primary school.


To prepare for the main study that will take place in September-November 2018, the IELS countries will conduct a field test in the fall of 2017 to evaluate newly developed assessment instruments and questionnaires and to test the study operations. The U.S. IELS field test data collection will occur from September to October, 2017. In order to meet the international data collection schedule for the fall 2017 field test, field test respondent recruiting activities must begin by May 2017. This request is to conduct recruitment activities for the 2017 IELS field test.



April 3, 2017



More information: Visit the Federal Register post, and submit comments at



Request for Comments: International Research and Studies (IRS) Program


Overview: The Instructions for the International Research and Studies (IRS) program provides grants to institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. The information will be used as a basis for project monitoring and performance reporting, among other grant administration activities.


Deadline for CommentsApril 10, 2017


More information: Visit the Federal Register posting. 



Request for Comments: USED Native American Language Program (Title VI, Part A of ESSA)


Overview: The Office of Indian Education (OIE) of the Department of Education (ED) requests clearance for the Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program Grant Application authorized under Title VI, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); included among those amendments was the addition of the new NAL@ED program in section 6133 of the ESSA. It is a competitive discretionary grant program. The grant applications submitted for these programs are evaluated on the basis of how well an applicant addresses the selection criteria, and are used to determine applicant eligibility and amount of award for projects selected for funding.



May 8, 2017



More information: Visit the Federal Register post, and submit comments at



Additional Opportunities for Professionals


Visit our Grants and Professional Development webpage for more info on these and other opportunities.



Calendar of Events



IIE Best Practices Conference

March 14, 2017
Florida International University
Miami, FL

CSCTFL 2017 Conference

March 9-11, 2017
The Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, IL

SCOLT 2017 Conference

March 16-18, 2017
Orlando Airport Marriott
Orlando, FL

2017 MIIS Monterey Forum

April 1-2, 2017
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Monterey, CA 

CoSN Symposium on Global Competencies

April 3-6, 2017
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Chicago, IL

2017 National Japan Bowl

April 6-7, 2017
National 4-H Conference Center 
Chevy Chase, MD

NCOLCTL 2017 Conference

April 21-23, 2017
Holiday Inn Schaumburg Area
Rolling Meadows, IL

2017 IMIA Conference

June 2-4, 2017
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel
Houston, TX

III International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society

July 5-7, 2017
Centro Cultural Palacio de La Audiencia
Soria, Spain

NNELL Summer Institute 2017

July 7-9, 2017
The Grand Summit Hotel
Summit, NJ








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