Foreign Languages

Learn more about teaching non-English languages, or world languages, in K-12 schools
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College & Workforce Readiness How Well Are Schools Preparing Students? Advanced Academics and World Languages, in 4 Charts
New federal data show big gaps in students' access to the challenging coursework and foreign languages they need for college.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 19, 2024
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Curriculum Q&A You Can Teach About Climate Change in Every Subject and Grade Level. Here's How
Math, foreign language, even art classes offer opportunities to build students' knowledge.
Madeline Will, January 13, 2023
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Recruitment & Retention Foreign Language Teachers Are in Short Supply. How to Find, Attract, and Retain Them
Start with competitive pay and respect for their unique skills, an expert says.
Caitlynn Peetz, November 22, 2022
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Curriculum Spanish Dominates Dual-Language Programs, But Schools Offer Diverse Options
Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Vietnamese are also among five most-offered types of dual-language programs, a new federal report shows.
Corey Mitchell, January 14, 2020
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Curriculum Opinion Identity, Storytelling, and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Guest blogger Michelle Nicola shares how diverse stories can be powerful classroom tools that can awaken students' perceptions of themselves and the world.
Michelle Nicola, June 28, 2019
7 min read
International Report Roundup Foreign Languages
U.S. employers increasing rely on multilingual employees to advance their goals, but many have lost business because they don't have staff who can communicate in languages other than English, finds a new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Corey Mitchell, June 11, 2019
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English-Language Learners U.S. Economy Needs More Foreign Language Studies to Stay Competitive, Report Says
A new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages determines that U.S. employees are missing out on business opportunities because they struggle to find employees who can communicate in languages other than English.
Corey Mitchell, May 21, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Language Immersion Is for All Students
Guest blogger Camilla Modesitt explains why foreign-language-immersion programs should be available to all students.
Camilla Modesitt, May 10, 2019
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Classroom Technology Opinion How Tech Tools Can Engage Foreign Language Students
Use this model to integrate technology into your classroom for deep student engagement, says guest blogger Adam Ross.
Adam Ross, May 7, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Value of Middle School Travel Programs
How middle school travel can benefit all students, including those learning a second language.
Heather Singmaster, February 14, 2019
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International Opinion Valuing Our English Language Learners by Learning to Listen
The value that English Language Learners bring to the classroom and the country.
Wendi Pillars, August 29, 2018
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Social Studies Few Texas High Schools Fulfill Voter Registration Law
A majority of Texas high schools fail to obtain and distribute voter registration applications to eligible students, a new analysis concludes.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 8, 2018
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Curriculum California Aims to Make (Even) More Students Multilingual
The Golden State plans to triple the number of students who are proficient in a language other than English over the next 12 years.
Brenda Iasevoli, June 28, 2018
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teaching Controversial Topics in the Classroom
How to tackle controversial subjects in the classroom.
Kaitlin E. Thomas, May 31, 2018
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