DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS
This document is from a briefing in Washington D.C.
Information current as of 3/22/06
The Department of Education and its partners will focus resources toward educating students, teachers and government workers in critical need foreign languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and increasing the number of advanced-level speakers in those and other languages. The Department of Education's FY 2007 budget proposal will include $57 million for this initiative, a $35 million increase over FY 2006.
The Foreign Language Assistance Program
The Department of Education is proposing $24 million to create incentives to teach and study critical need languages in K-12 by refocusing the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grants. The program will be redesigned to target critical needs languages and replicate the spread of innovative foreign language programs in critical needs languages, especially those that use technology.
Advancing America Through Foreign Language Partnerships
Twenty-four school districts in partnership with colleges and universities will create programs in critical need languages in 2007 through a proposed $24 million Department of Education program. The program will likely expand to additional schools in future years to ultimately build continuous programs of study from kindergarten through university.
Language Teacher Corps
The Department of Education is proposing $5 million to create a Language Teacher Corps with the goal of having 1,000 new foreign language teachers in our schools before the end of the decade. The program would offer Americans with proficiencies in critical languages opportunities to serve the nation by teaching languages in our nation’s elementary and secondary schools.
E-Learning Language Clearinghouse
A proposed $1 million nationwide Department of Education E-Learning Language Clearinghouse would deliver foreign language education resources to teachers and students across the country. This Clearinghouse would provide a central repository for schools, teachers, and the public to find materials and web-based programs in critical needs languages developed by national resource centers, K-12 instructional programs, institutions of higher education and agencies of the federal government.
The Department of Education would expand Teacher-to-Teacher seminars through a proposed $3 million effort to reach thousands of foreign language teachers. The program will seek to improve the quality of foreign language instruction in middle and high schools by featuring accomplished classroom teachers and language specialists who will provide instruction in research-based strategies and promising practices.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS
Expanding the National Flagship Language Initiative
National Flagship Programs, administered by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) are strategic partnerships between the federal government and U.S. Institutions of Higher Education to implement programs of advanced instruction in critical languages.
Flagship Programs represent a national model for developing a workforce of professionals with superior level proficiencies in critical languages.
Nine Flagship Programs already operational:
Arabic: Georgetown University; University of Maryland, College Park
Chinese: Brigham Young University, Ohio State University, University of Oregon
Korean: University of California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaii, Manoa
Persian: University of Maryland, College Park
Russian: Byrn Mawr College/American Councils of Teachers of Russian
FY07 NSLI Expansion Plans
Additional Flagship Programs in Arabic and Chinese
New Flagship Programs in Hindi/Urdu and Central Asian Languages
Expansion of Flagship Model to include additional Flagship Universities throughout U.S.
Expansion of K-16 Pipeline model to two additional national model programs; initiate first national K-16 model for Arabic
Expanded strategic and business plan to leverage federal funding with private funding in support of Flagship programs
Contact: Ms. Stacia Falat, NSEP, 703-696-1991, email@example.com
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