This month, as our language warriors are out there fighting for legislation that affects all teachers, it is also our role as classroom teachers to advocate for languages within our communities and classrooms.
We are all advocates for our students’ interest in the pursuit of “curing monolingualism.” Although there is a focus on language advocacy this month, this important work is year-round and often begins in our classrooms.
We are excited to once again sponsor Language Advocacy Day 2020. Organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), Language Advocacy Day (LAD) is part “lobby-day” and part full-day policy forum that brings together national representatives concerned about the state of language learning in the U.S.
Do you remember the time when languages “clicked” for you? When you knew that languages would always be a part of your life? When an encounter with a different culture or a trip to a foreign country made a lasting impact on you?
Here at Wayside we are passionate about advocating for language learning and for language teachers. We are excited to share this guest post from the Joint National Committee on Languages about five easy ways you can become a language advocate. We’d love to hear from you in the comments: how do you advocate for languages?
By Alissa Rutkowski Communications and Policy Intern, JNCL-NCLIS @JNCLInfo
Why should you advocate for languages? By speaking up for languages, experts like you have a chance to share your unique story with policymakers. Showing up and taking a stand on issues that are important to you and your community matter. As the saying goes, “if you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.” Advocacy work can sometimes feel like overwhelming, uncharted territory. Focusing on these 5 tips will help create the foundation for a positive advocacy experience.
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.