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The Texas Foreign Language Association envisions equitable access to the study of a second language for all students to improve their lives, their communities and the socio-economic success of the state.  



Only 20.7% of Americans and roughly 34% of Texans are bilingual. *

The United States is missing out on opportunities in these areas:
Business
Science & Technology
National Security
International Relations

TFLA BELIEVES WE CAN DO BETTER.

TFLA is advocating for World Language education.

What can I do to help?

As a TFLA Advocate

  • Champion for World Language education locally and at the state level.  Sign up here.
  • Learn advocacy strategies and collaborate via quarterly advocacy webinars. 
  • View past webinars here.

 
As an Educator

  • Create a vision for your class or department.  How will your community be better as a result of an increase in multilingualism?
  • Inform and inspire students, parents, principals and district leadership about the LOTE standards and your passion for the Proficiency Movement!
  • Ask stakeholders how you can work together to promote World Language study.
  • Ask your district how they plan to award the Bilingual Performance Acknowledgement to students (Seal of Biliteracy).  Work with counselors and administration to advertise the value of the performance acknowledgement to students and parents. 

 
As a Private Citizen

  • VOTEVOTEVOTEVote for candidates who support World Language education.  Don’t know if your state and federal representatives and senators support multilingual education initiatives?  Find your representative and contact them here
  • Organize a local advocacy team of parents, students and educators. 
  • Initiate contact with your state and federal legislators to educate them on the Proficiency Movement and the importance of World Language education.  Let them know how being bilingual helps your district, the state and the nation.  Ask for their support.  

​* According to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ report America’s Languages and the US Census Bureau.


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