ACTFL’s THUNDERCLAP Campaign by February 14, 2018

Dear world language advocate,


February is a BIG month! We’re celebrating Lead with Languages Advocacy Month throughout February, and we’re meeting Member of Congress during JNCL Language Advocacy Days on February 15-16. To capitalize on this moment, we’re asking for your help to spread the word and increase our impact. Here’s a quick way in which you can help:


Please Sign Up for ACTFL’s THUNDERCLAP Campaign by February 14.

Add your voice –and your association’s voice-- on social media in a simple but powerful way by signing up for ACTFL’s Thunderclap, a collective social media amplification tool. The campaign will raise awareness for House Bill 1239, the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act, and includes a link that directs users to a pre-written letter asking their US Representative to cosponsor the bill. Read more here.


Here’s the really cool part: On February 15 at 8:00 AM, during JNCL Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., our industry will speak jointly via an automated message shared on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr from your social media account. By giving safe, one-time access to your social media channel(s), we will share a consistent message online to potentiallymillions of language professionals in every sector who are eager to advocate for world languages.


Our goal is to gain +500 Thunderclap supports by midnightFebruary 14NOTEIf we do not reach this goal, the campaign will not work.

So please SIGN UP HERE and forward this message to spread the word!


Below is a sample tweet and email message that you can edit and send to your members/colleagues/friends to garner support:

For you to Tweet now: “Join the @ACTFL @ThunderclapIt at and ask Congress to support World Language Readiness! #JNCL18 #worldreadiness #langchat #languagematters”

You can also retweet mine, username @treycal. If possible, please sign up for the Thunderclap from your personal AND work accounts––registering your association’s account expands the scope of reach!


Email to send to your members/colleagues/friends ASAP:

“Your advocacy is critical right now. Every day in classrooms across the country, our nation's investment in language education is on open display. Children come to school eager to grow, and inspired by the opportunities that language learning may hold for their future: travel, jobs, culture, friendships. All too often, however, language programming runs into one major barrier: funding. Without adequate dollars, many who would dream of discovering a new world are shutout from it.


The World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA) is bipartisan legislation that can directly address student readiness for the 21st century. Investment in language education impacts our nation's international relationships, national security, and our economic future. HR 1239 creates a cost-effective and competitive grant program to establish, improve, and expand innovative world language programming in K-12 schools. Passage of HR 1239 would signal our country’s commitment to the strategic importance of the linguistic and human capital needs in the 21st century workforce by investing in students of all backgrounds. Please tell your Representative in Congress to stand up for language learning by becoming a cosponsor of HR 1239.


Join the National Thunderclap: A Thunderclap is a social media tool to amplify a message. To participate in our Thunderclap, go to the URL here ( and use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign up BEFORE FEBRUARY 14. On February 15th at 8AM, the tool will post an identical message in support of HR 1239 to all of the supporters’ accounts, amplifying our message to all of their followers and friends.”


Your voice matters. Thank you for considering lending your personal and organizational support to the Thunderclap and help amplify the recognition of our passionate and knowledgeable community. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Trey Calvin

Program Coordinator

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 200 | Alexandria, VA 22314

703.894.2900 ext.103 | |

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