The ability to speak more than one language can enhance brain function, academic performance and business acumen, linguistic experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives briefing Tuesday, making the case for a greater emphasis on multilingual education in American schools. Teaching children in multiple languages can even help them learn English quicker, said Anita Pandey,.. read more →

Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait” is a precursor to another forthcoming report from the academy about.. read more →

30 Nov 2016
November 30, 2016

115th Congress Committee Leadership

JNCL-NCLIS works closely with a number of committees on our priorities. Below is a list of the committees most relevant to language policy, and the chairs and ranking members of each, for the 115th Congress. Committee assignments are not certain until each party in each chamber has finished assigning members to committees and voted to.. read more →

California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools. Proposition 58 had about 73 percent support with 3.5 million votes counted. The measure undoes a 1998 law requiring schools to use English immersion for most students not fluent in the language. Supporters said the old law was tinged with.. read more →

The U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps have launched English for All, a new initiative highlighting the U.S. government’s commitment to helping people around the world learn American English. The U.S. government invests more than $200 million a year in English instruction programs, providing a gateway to opportunity for millions worldwide. English for All.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week its first-ever awards supporting Pay for Success (PFS) strategies. The awards will use the innovative PFS funding approach to improve outcomes for at-risk youth by finding and scaling career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as to advance effective dual language programs for early learners.  To improve outcomes.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week its first-ever awards supporting Pay for Success (PFS) strategies. The awards will use the innovative PFS funding approach to improve outcomes for at-risk youth by finding and scaling career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as to advance effective dual language programs for early learners.  To improve outcomes.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $71 million in new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research The grants are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $71 million in new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research The grants are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education will award nearly $3 million in grants to help support Native-American students who are identified as English-language learners. The department will award $2.996 million to schools and tribes in eight states-Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma-to support teaching and learning and study of Native American languages.. read more →