Language Advocacy Day 2020

We are excited to once again sponsor Language Advocacy Day 2020. 

Organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), Language Advocacy Day (or LAD for short) is part "lobby-day" and part full-day policy forum that brings together national representatives of the Language Enterprise concerned about the state of language learning in this country.

Follow us on social media to get an insider's look at the events of the day, to get tips on how to start your own language advocacy efforts, and to tell us your language story. 

Here are 5 ways you can speak up for languages. 

See highlights from last year's event: 


Tell us your language story! 

We invite you to tell us why languages are important in your life. How did you become a language teacher? Did you grow up speaking another language? Why do you think it's important to learn a world language? Join a community of teachers, students, advocates, and parents, who can make an impact on access to world language education.

So what should I say?

  • Languages are global and personal. Speak from the heart.
  • Tell us about your language journey, or the impact a world language had on your life. (Were you a reluctant language learner? Did a special teacher change how you felt about languages? Did you grow up speaking a different language?) 
  • Share stories from your classroom.
  • For more ideas, you can review the five recommendations of the American Languages Report.

Looking for some inspiration? Watch some example videos below!


Tips for recording your story:

  • Turn your phone horizontal
  • Have the camera close to you for visual impact and great audio
  • Make sure your scene has plenty of light
  • Try to avoid reading from a script
  • Keep it loose and share how you feel
  • Keep your audience riveted by sticking to the details
  • Avoid identifying information about specific individuals - use a substitute name when describing youth
  • Suggested length is 30 seconds - 3 minutes
  • Have fun!

Let's get started! 





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Show your advocacy colors!

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