Countries around the world provide students with early foreign language learning. Many U.S. students only complete two years of a foreign language in high school, and some receive no language instruction at all.
To address this shortfall, The Language Flagship has systematically made K–12 investments to improve access to outcome-based foreign language learning. Flagship initiatives in K–12 instruction are designed to provide outcome-based articulated foreign language learning experiences.
The Language Flagship has also supported six state Language Roadmap initiatives, which address the question of K-12 foreign language education. To read the full text of these roadmaps, visit the Reports Archive.
Read the new Portland Public Schools' ethnography, Building a Successful and Sustainable Language Immersion Program: The Portland, Oregon, Mandarin Dual Language Experience, here.
The Language Flagship partners with and supports other federal programs that promote excellence in language teaching and learning. If you are the parent of a K-12 student or a teacher of a critical language, we strongly encourage you to look into the opportunities provided by these partners.
Flagship investments include comprehensive K–12 foreign language initiatives. Programs have developed a cohesive curriculum, methodology and pedagogical approach that focuses on improving student proficiency. Flagship has used this model for improving foreign language learning across the U.S.
K–12 investments in Arabic, Chinese and Russian have been made at both the state and local level. Flagship K–12 efforts have been led by Michigan State University, University of Oregon in partnership with Portland Public Schools, and Brigham Young University in partnership with the Utah State Department of Education and other state partners nationally.
Opportunities exist for students to become more engaged in foreign language learning. As foreign language educators, you can impact students of any language by providing them information on opportunities for intensive language study.