January 7, 2021 | Language Magazine

On Feb. 3–5, 2021, advocates from all over the U.S. will gather virtually to celebrate 40 years of the Joint National Committee on Languages and National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) during Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2021.

As the leading language advocacy organization, JNCL-NCLIS is at the forefront of language policy, engaging in public advocacy and directing lobbying on behalf of its coalition members. The organization’s success is predicated on providing training to empower individuals to use their voices and raise awareness of the importance of languages in an increasingly globalized world.

January 15, 2021 | Insider Higher Ed

The U.S. Education Department on Thursday made available the $21.2 billion in help to higher education included in the coronavirus relief legislation Congress and President Trump approved in December, but undocumented students could be left out of getting help through emergency student grants again.

Meanwhile, billions more in aid could be on the way. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday also released a summary of the $1.9 trillion relief package he is planning to propose upon taking office, including another $35 billion in help for colleges and universities.

“The president-elect’s plan will ensure colleges have critical resources to implement public health protocols, execute distance learning plans, and provide emergency grants to students in need,” said a fact sheet of the proposal obtained by Inside Higher Ed.

January 11, 2021 | Common Dreams

To ensure that students who are learning the English language are not forced into schools for the sole purpose of testing their proficiency, and that parents be provided an option in their native language, and to withdraw from testing if they do not feel safe sending their children to school, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and several other organizations sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden’s education transition team today. The letter asks the education transition team to prioritize issuing guidance for State and Local education agencies to make sure all students can maintain their health and well-being. 

No student should be forced to choose between their health and well-being, or taking a test that will determine their proficiency in learning the English language, especially during an unprecedented pandemic,” said David Hinojosa, director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “These tests can wait."

Haven't secured your ticket yet for Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2021? For a limited time, you can take advantage of our extended registration.

Register today and join advocates across the nation for the opportunity to network with leaders in the field, engage with Members of Congress, and learn how you can inspire legislative change. Extended registration won't be open for long, so make your plans to attend today!

Deadline to apply: January 27th (Fellowship);
February 3rd (Scholarship)

The Boren Awards are currently accepting applicants for 2021! The Boren Awards are guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security. Winners can be awarded Up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduates and up to $30,000 for graduates to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

All eligible applicants have the option to either apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative or select/design their own study program.


Deadline to submit: February 1st, 2021

The NFMLTA is now accepting applications for its 2021 Support Grant cycle. These grants offer travel, dissertation, and research support grants for graduate students and other language professionals whose research are related to the expansion, promotion, and improvement of the teaching of languages, literatures, and cultures. Applications for NFMLTA support grants can only be made online.

The NFMLTA is a network of modern language teacher associations that\advocates for the continued advancement of scholarship and pedagogy in modern language instruction. The NFMLTA has published the Modern Language Journal continuously since 1916.

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