National Foreign Language Week was first celebrated in the spring of 1957 by Alpha Mu Gamma, the first and largest national collegiate foreign language honor society.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower endorsed the event in 1956, and each succeeding president has added his support. An even greater contribution to the success of NFLW was made by the posters of the late Bruce Russell, who received not only the Pulitzer Prize but also recognition from President Eisenhower for his efforts toward greater world understanding through his timely cartoons. He offered the Society a cartoon each year until his death in 1963, and even left one finished drawing and an unfinished sketch that were used in 1964 and 1966 respectively.
Read more about the history of National Foreign Language Week
Celebrate this week by helping your students stay in the target language in your Spanish classroom. Download our free poster for helpful words and expressions!
We had a chance to speak with some students during Language Advocacy Day recently. Here is John Neumann from Naples, Florida, talking about the importance of language learning and advocacy:
University of Florida student Taylor Doyle talked about how learning Spanish changed her life:
Take a look at all of the amazing educator-advocates we met at Language Advocacy Day recently. For more information on how you can be an advocate for world languages locally and nationally, visit the Joint National Committee for Languages website.