News, Updates & Announcements

January 30, 2019

Dear World Language Educator,

My name is James Coda, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. I am conducting a research study that will examine the experiences of Southeastern LGBTQ-identified World Language Educators in their classrooms and schools.  

You have been invited to participate due to your current teaching of World Languages in the K-12 classroom. You must consider yourself a member of the LGBTQ community and reside within the Southeastern United States in order to participate.    

Please click on the attached document which contains a description of the study and the informed consent form. If you are interested in participating, please print and sign the consent form and send it back to me via e-mail. After I receive the signed consent form, you will receive a link to take a pre-interview questionnaire. Following the completion of the pre-interview questionnaire, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.  Please note that if you email this consent form to me from a work email address, this could be subject to open records requests. There also may be risk associated with breach of confidentiality, such as interception of the consent form through third parties. To mitigate this risk, it is suggested that you utilize personal email in addition to your personal computer to reduce the chance of confidentiality breaching

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

If you are not interested in participating in this study, please disregard any future emails pertaining to this research study.

Thank you for your time.

James Coda

PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

TESOL and World Language Education

Department of Language and Literacy Education

College of Education

University of Georgia

301F Aderhold Hall

Athens, GA 30602

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

November 28, 2018

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) grant application! TCLP is fully-funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and helps U.S. K-12 schools to launch new or expand existing Arabic or Chinese language programs.
TCLP makes it easy for U.S. schools to grow their critical language programs by placing fully-funded teachers from Egypt, Morocco, or China to teach Arabic or Chinese as a foreign language for an academic year. By sharing their languages and cultures, the teachers bring global competencies to their host schools and communities. Host a teacher in 2019 by starting an 
application today!
Since 2006, TCLP has sponsored 291 highly trained teachers that have worked in 187 schools across 39 states and impacted over 83,000 students! TCLP teachers have also collectively conducted over 14,200 hours of cultural outreach to bring international experiences to their host schools and communities.
invite you to learn more about hosting a teacher at your school and to speak with host school alumni about their experiences with TCLP by attending a live informational webinar at 4:00pm (EST) on December 7, 2018 or January 4, 2019.

To attend a webinar, watch a recording of a past webinar, or to apply to TCLP, please visit The application deadline for TCLP host schools is Monday, January 22, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

April 11, 2018




 The Spanish Language Institute at El Centro Hispano is proud to present our newest Spanish courses, especially crafted for those seeking to learn trough dynamic and interactive activities, as well as through cultural experiences.



Spanish Immersion Weekend 


Now you don’t have to leave the country to be immersed in the Spanish language! This experience for intermediate to advanced adult students offers a unique opportunity to live a weekend in Spanish.  


Friday April 27 from 6 pm -10 pm & Saturday April 28 from 9:30 pm-5:30 pm. Read more



Spanish for Kids 


In this immersion experience for ages 7 to 12, children will learn some basic Spanish through music and stories, videos, role playing, skits, games and other interactive activities. 


5-week course. An hour and a half on Saturdays. Read more










Spanish for Hispanic Children 


This experience is also for children ages 7 to 12 but is tailored to children who understand and/or speak Spanish at home.

This experience will help with writing, speaking, reading and conversation skills through games, stories, songs, and other interactive activities.

5 -week course. An hour and a half on Saturdays. Read more




Nicaragua Summer Exchange program 

A youth-inspired immersion experience hosted in Granada, Nicaragua. We guide our visiting students with morning tutoring, service learning, and cultural activities which build speaking confidence. Read more





For further information:


919- 687- 4635, Ext 132

Francisco Duque at:


El Centro Hispano’s Spanish Language Institute, has been offering authentic Spanish language instruction in a fun, informal and inviting environment since 2005. 


Business Spanish for CompaniesMedical Spanish, Spanish for Beginners and for Intermediates, Spanish Conversational Class , Private Lessons,Translation Services.


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February 11, 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 | |