Republican and Democratic Parties Address Language in 2016 Party Platforms For Immediate Release G ARRETT PARK, MD, August 2, 2016— On July 18, the Republican Party released their 2016 Party Platform at the Republican National Convention, and on July 21 the Democratic Party released their respective 2016 Party Platform at the Democratic National Convention. Both.. read more →

T he U.S. Department of Education (USED) recently released the results of its 2010-2012 FLAS Tracking Survey. FLAS, or the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship program authorized by Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA), provides academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education. The fellowships are awarded on the basis of.. read more →

Working with a coalition of language organizations, NCLIS recently sent a letter to the U.S. Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) taking issue with a new federal contract that sets the hourly rate for interpreting services far below the industry standard. Interpretation, particularly in the judicial and legal space, requires a particular vocabulary and skill set beyond.. read more →

The Department of Defense (DOD) is placing increasing emphasis on engaging and strengthening partner nation security forces to deter aggression and shape security environments around the world. In accordance with this emphasis, the Army is regionally aligning its forces to geographic combatant commands with the intent of providing tailored, trained, responsive, and consistently available forces.. read more →

On July 30, 2015, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) formally announced its Commission on Language Learning. The Commission, requested by a bipartisan group in Congress in November of 2014, will examine the state of language learning in the United States and report back to Congress in summer of 2016. This Commission will.. read more →

On July 20, 2015, a grouping of organizations active in the field of foreign language and international studies, including JNCL-NCLIS, sent letters to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees under the initiative of the Coalition for International Education. The letters express the concern of the undersigned organizations over the proposed FY16 cuts to Title.. read more →

On July 16, 2015, a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives including Reps. Price (D-NC-4), Lance (R-NJ-7), Crowley (D-NY-14), and Young (R-AK-at large) introduced the World Language Advancement Act (WLAA). This legislation would reinstate a grant competition in the Department of Education for state and local education agencies to establish, improve, or expand language.. read more →

On May 12, 2015, JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director Dr. Bill Rivers delivered testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education of the 189th General Court in support of Bills H422 and S336 which would introduce a Seal of Biliteracy. Seals of Biliteracy distinguish the capacity of high school students to perform in English and another language and provide.. read more →

On March 31, 2014, senior defense official Gail McGinn presented her paper entitled “Government Needs and Shortages in Foreign Language and Regional Expertise and Knowledge: Signals, Facts and Clues”. The paper traces and draws conclusions from the various activities, hearings, assessments and reviews taking place since 2003 that cover the topic. The full text of.. read more →

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), through processes of review requested by Congress, produced several reports on the need for foreign language skills and cultural capital in various departments of government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State (DoS). You can view the most recent GAO reports related.. read more →