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We’re based in the nation’s capital city and offer a great system for networking with hundreds of other language professionals

Member Spotlight

Existing Member:


Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
New Member:

University of North Georgia Center for Global Engagement

UNG Center for Global Engagement

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AAAS Commission on Language Learning

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its Commission on Language Learning, the first national study on language in over 30 years. The Commission was formed in response to requests from Congress to examine the importance of language to the United States.

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Save the Date

Language Advocacy Day 2019

February 14-15, 2019

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C.

Registration opens in September.

Language is for everyone

The mission of JNCL-NCLIS is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language, to advance the language profession in the US, and to raise awareness about the importance of language and international education to the national interest.

We shape national policy for World Languages, ASL, and international education and to raise the profile of the language enterprise.

JNCL and NCLIS represent the language profession to the United States. As professional organizations in teaching, translation, interpreting, testing, research, and many other fields, we raise public awareness of language as an enterprise vital to national well-being. The language enterprise employs 500,000 Americans who work to foster mutual understanding and who deserve continued public support.

Through advocating for the language enterprise in the US, JNCL-NCLIS works to

  • Facilitate the free movement of people, information, and ideas
  • Build up mutual understanding and acceptance of cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Promote the personal development of the individual