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February 02, 2017         






Congress asks for travel-ban waiver to let Iraqi translators into U.S.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pleaded with President Trump on Monday to carve out an exception to his new executive order for Iraqi citizens who contributed to the U.S. war effort, and are now in danger of being left in danger in that war-torn country. Thousands of translators who helped out American troops have already been brought to the U.S., but more are still trying to get here - and some of them seem to have been snagged by the new Trump policy, which imposes a temporary ban on most visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily halts all refugee admissions. "These allies risked their own lives, as well as the well-being of their families, to advance America's security interests in a region where their skillsets and willingness to confront extremism have been invaluable to mission success," said Reps. Duncan Hunter, Adam Kinzinger, Earl Blumenauer, Steve Stivers, Seth Moulton and Peter Welch. Read more




Two GOP senators to vote no on Betsy DeVos



Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in dramatic back-to-back speeches Wednesday said they would oppose confirming Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. The two became the first Republican senators to break with any of President Trump's Cabinet picks. The defections set up a potential 51-50 vote in the Senate to confirm DeVos, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. It would be the first time a vice president has been the deciding vote on a nomination, and the first time a vice president has had to break a Senate tie since March 2008, when Vice President Dick Cheney cast a deciding vote on a package of tax cuts. Read more




As Trump weighs fate of immigrant students, schools ponder their roles (EdWeek)

As President Donald Trump weighs the fate of undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of K-12 children and the educators who serve them are bracing for upheaval. This week, Trump has already signed executive orders that order construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, called for stripping federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" that shield immigrants, and announced new criteria that could make more undocumented immigrants priorities for deportation. He is also expected to sign an executive order that would suspend legal immigration from majority-Muslim nations such as Syria and Iran. Read more



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February 16 - 17, 2017

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Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Overview: Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


Maximum scholarship awards are:

$8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)

$10,000 for a semester

$20,000 for 6 - 12 months


Deadline: February 9, 2017


More information: visit



Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia

Overview: This five-week summer program is designed to give participants new insights into Russia today. Through readings and intensive coursework in the form of lectures, seminars, and discussions conducted with faculty of Moscow International University, program participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors that have shaped Russia's evolution since the Gorbachev regime and the final days of the USSR.


Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals are eligible to apply. No prior language training is required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline.


Deadline: February 15, 2017


More information: visit



Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)


Overview: Through OPIT's six-week, English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today's global market. Participants can choose a placement in a variety of fields, including democracy building, human rights, education, business, law, gender issues, journalism, public health, environmental protection, and social services in 15 countries in Southeast Europe, Eurasia, and the Baltics.


Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals are eligible to apply. No prior language training is required.Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline.


Deadline: February 15, 2017


More information: visit



Business Russian Language and Internship Program (BRLI)


Overview: BRLI combines a specially designed curriculum focusing on the language of Russian business with an internship averaging 10-15 hours per week at a multinational company or business in Russia. Moscow International University and the Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in St. Petersburg host this program; students may apply to study for a semester, academic year, or summer. Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. The highly individualized BRLI curriculum can be tailored to serve students ranging from intermediate to near native speakers of Russian.


Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals who have completed at least four semesters of college-level Russian instruction or the equivalent.


Deadline: February 15, 2017


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Fulbright-Hays (GPA) Fellowships for Advanced Overseas Russian and Persian Language Study Summer Program

Overview: American Councils for International Education has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad, to provide fellowships for advanced overseas Russian and Persian language study. A total of 36 scholarships will be awarded - 12 each per semester for spring 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018 - to eligible participants on the:

1. Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) in Moscow, Russia

2. Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Fellowship awards of up to $7,000 are available for semester study of either Russian or Persian.


Deadline: February 15, 2017


More information: visit



University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies LTLR Grants

Overview: The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) in June - July 2017. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.


Deadline: February 17, 2017


More information: Email REES Assistant Director Gina Peirce at or visit



Need-based Scholarships for Concordia Summer Immersion Programs 

Overview: Need-based scholarships are available for Concordia Language Villages summer 2017 youth residential programs (one-,two- and four-week). Scholarships are available in 14 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Residential programs are open to ages 7-18 of all language levels. Four-week High School Credit programs are open to students in grades 9-12 and grant one year of language credit.


Deadline: February 24, 2017


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Additional Opportunities for Students


Summer Language Intensive Programs at Monterey| All students & Professionals | Deadline: 



Concordia Language Villages High School Credit Abroad 3/1/17


UNG Federal Service Language Academy | High School Students | Deadline: 



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




American Sign Language Interpreter Services


Solicitation Number: VA24117N0139

Agency: Department of Veteran Affairs
Office: Manchester VAMC

Response Date: 

Feb 03, 2017


Visit to search for additional opportunities not listed above. 



Russian Language Instruction Services in support of the George Marshall Center


Solicitation Number: HQ0236-17-T-0004

Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Response Date: 

Feb 03, 2017 11:59 pm ET


Visit to search for additional opportunities not listed above. 



Communications, Outreach, and Dissemination Services


Solicitation Number: EDNAGB17900004

Agency: Department of Education
Office: National Assessment Governing Board

Response Date: 

Feb 13, 2017 10:00 am ET


Visit to search for additional opportunities not listed above. 



American Sign Language Interpreter Services


Solicitation Number: VA101V17Q0081

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VBA Office of Acquisition

Response Date: 

Feb 14, 2017 10:00 am ET


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Simultaneous Interpretation Equipment


Solicitation Number: SAQMMA17R0131

Agency: Department of State

Office: Office of Acquisitions

Response Date: 

Feb 15, 2017 2:00 pm ET


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Heritage Language Teacher Perceptions Survey

Overview:  The AELRC (Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center) at Georgetown University and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics) are currently conducting a study that looks at the perceptions and needs of teachers who have taught heritage language learners. Three participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 Amazon gift card after the survey is closed.

Eligibility:  Anyone who has any past or current experience working with heritage language learners of any language in the United States


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Goethe Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program Study Tours


Overview: Experience is what the Transatlantic Outreach Program is all about. Since 2002, TOP has sought to find the best and most qualified social studies and STEM educators and give them the opportunity to experience contemporary Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person. From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste!


Eligibility: Eligible applicants include the following who are employed in the United States or Canada as social studies and / or STEM educators: classroom teachers (grades K-12), university methods professors, curriculum coordinators, principals, applicable curriculum authors, and applicable state Department of Education employees.


Host Institution Deadline: February 3, 2017


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Chinese Guest Teacher Program 


Overview: The Chinese Guest Teacher Program is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the United States and China. Made possible through a collaboration between the College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the program has grown to be the largest Chinese visiting teacher program in the U.S. Each year, the program serves hundreds of K-12 schools and districts nationwide and reaches tens of thousands of U.S. students.


Eligibility: Accredited, full-time, public K-12 school districts or independent schools are eligible to apply. Individual public schools interested to host teachers should obtain district-level approval for their application.


Host Institution Deadline: February 3, 2017


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LARC Workshop: Professional Learning for All Language Educators



Session 1

    • Applying multiple intelligence in the language class
    • Classroom writing competency assessment

Session 2

    • Framing cultural awareness through ACTFL Standards 2
    • Production of reading activities via ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines

Date of event: February 4, 2017


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Call for Papers: Research Initiative on Supporting Dual Language Learner Success in Superdiverse Early Childhood Programs


Overview: The National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is launching an interdisciplinary research initiative to examine policies and practices that effectively promote academic success and healthy socioemotional development in multilingual and superdiverse contexts for young Dual Language Learners (DLLs). This initiative is focusing on superdiversity within early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs, which is an increasingly common phenomenon, but one without a clear definition or a sufficient research base. In order to build the research base on ECEC in superdiverse contexts, MPI is soliciting papers by scholars working in child development, education, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, public policy, migration, and other relevant fields.


Deadline: February 10, 2017


More information: Visit or email Huma Manati.



National Museum of Language 2017 Speaker Series: Grow Your Mind to Go Global 


Overview: Grow Your Mind to Go Global is a career planning tool for young and old, but especially young people ages 16-25 to encourage them to color outside the lines when choosing a career field and to help them navigate preparing for and finding a job that will take them global. So, how does this book do that... it tells the stories of many and how they used their world language abilities and/or their cultural competencies to think and GO Global with their careers. This book explores the what, when, and how to make a global career a part of a person's reality.

As those who love languages and cultures, it is out responsibility to ensure that the love lives on in others. What will we do to ensure that young people take an interest in languages and cultures? What will we do to keep careers that utilize world languages alive? What will we do to ensure that young people are driven to those careers?"


Date of Event: February 11, 2017


More information: Visit



Cross Cultural Communications "The Language of Justice" Legal Interpreter Training 


Overview: An exciting, groundbreaking curriculum, this three-day legal interpreter training is the only national program for legal interpreting in community settings. The training manual for THE LANGUAGE OF JUSTICE was authored by four experts across the country, including an attorney as well specialists in legal and community interpreting. The lead author is Isabel Framer, former Chair of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. The curriculum includes an overview of the legal interpreting profession, requirements and procedures, a model code of ethics and standards of practice, linguistic mediation techniques, legal terminology and an overview of the U.S. legal system.


Event dates: March 30 - April 1, 2017


Early bird registration: $460

Regular Registration: $500 (deadline March 16, 2017)


Early Bird Deadline: February 23, 2017


More information: Visit



NEA Global Learning Fellowship 


Overview: The NEA Foundation recognizes that in order for students to prepare for the global age, the educator must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to teach in the global age. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age, and thus contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap.



  • Active NEA members who are current k-12 classroom teachers (Teachers with 5 or more years of classroom experience will be given preference)
  • Former NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows are eligible to apply, provided that they are at least 2 cycles removed from the Fellowship year. (For the 2018 Global Learning Fellowship, former NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows from the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 cohorts may apply)

Deadline: February 28, 2017


More information: Visit



Call for Proposals: Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations

OverviewThe Study Group on Language at the United Nations + The Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems + the Center for Applied Linguistics invite you to contribute to a symposium on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations. 

The organizers welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on topics linking the SDGs with vulnerable populations, such as:

  • Language as a factor in sustainable development
  • Language policy for refugees, migrants, and displaced populations
  • Language & migration
  • Language as it relates to race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, economic status, or other factors
  • Language & education of refugees and migrants
  • Language & quality education for vulnerable populations (Goal 4)
  • Language & Stateless nations
  • Language & mother-tongue education (Goal 4)
  • Language & gender equality (Goal 5)
  • Language & economic growth (Goal 8)
  • Language & reducing inequalities (Goal 10)
  • Language & peace & justice (Goal 16)
  • NGOs, language & vulnerable populations
  • UN language policy & implementation of the SDGs
  • The role of regional or minority languages

Preference will be given to papers that move the discourse forward by proposing theoretical and/or research-based strategies for addressing language-related concerns.

Send proposals (200 words or less) & bio. (50 words) to the organizing committee at

DeadlineFebruary 28, 2017

More information: Visit



JFLA Japanese Language Learners Event Grant 


Overview: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (hereafter "JFLA") provides financial support (up to $1,000) for Japanese-language related events on the national/state/regional levels (speech contests, quiz contests, or presentational events, etc.) that are intended to motivate a large number of Japanese-language learners in multiple schools featuring different educational levels (primary, secondary, collegiate levels, and adults) and promote Japanese-language education in the area. Closed events for a single school are not eligible.


Eligible items: 

  • Expenses for inviting judges/guests to the event (honorarium, transportation, accommodation)
  • Expenses for venue (rental fee for venue and equipment, service fee for tech support, etc.)
  • Prize expenses for participating Japanese-language learners (no cash prizes)
  • Production costs for handouts/programs/flyers of the event
  • Group transportation costs for participants/student audiences (charter buses, vans, etc.)

Deadline: March 1, 2017


More information: Visit



Call for Abstracts for an Edited Volume: Recognizing Sign Languages - An International Overview of National Campaigns for Sign Language Legislation and their Outcomes 


Overview: This edited collection surveys national advocacy campaigns for the legal recognition of sign languages around the world and the legislation which sometimes resulted from these campaigns. Each chapter will focus on a country's campaign, its outcomes in terms of the type of sign language legislation achieved versus desired outcomes and deaf community expectations for this legislation. Chapters will cover strategies used in achieving passage of this legislation, including alliance building and negotiations with governments and other stakeholders, as well an account of barriers confronted in the legislative process and how these were or were not overcome. The legislation will be summarized and chapters will look at the work undertaken in the implementation of the law, including language promotion bodies and the policy-making processes post-passage. This includes evaluation of the success of the legislation vis-à-vis deaf community goals. Chapters will set sign language laws within their national settings, with reference to the language policies and the status of other minority languages of that country.


Potential contributors should send a one paragraph abstract (max. 200 words) and a three-sentence biography (including previous publications relevant to the book) . Contributors will be notified of acceptance of their proposals by March 31, 2017


Deadline: March 6, 2017


More information: Email



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



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



Additional Opportunities for Professionals


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



Calendar of Events



2017 AATSEEL Conference

February 2-5, 2017
Parc 55 Hotel 
San Francisco, CA 

NECTFL 2017 Conference

February 9-11, 2017

New York Hilton Midtown

New York, NY

JNCL 2017 Language Advocacy Day

February 16-17, 2017
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

NABE 2017 Conference

February 23-25, 2017

Hilton Anatole

Dallas, TX

2017 Jil Jadid Conference

February 24-25, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

SWCOLT 2017 Conference

March 2-4, 2017
Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City 
Oklahoma City, OK

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 National Japan Bowl

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

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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