Motivate & Advocate

AWLA's mission is to motivate educators to contribute to and to advocate for improved world language learning environments for all students at all levels. AWLA is working to raise public awareness on the benefits of language learning in order to influence the direction of world language education in Alabama. Our goals include:

  • To advocate for world languages at all levels (including adding more elementary and middle school programs)
  • To advocate for a world language proficiency requirement
  • To educate administrators on the specialized needs of world language teachers in the classroom
  • To motivate teachers to improve their language skills
  • To encourage teachers to use the latest language learning methodologies and technologies in the classroom

Advocacy begins with you!! How can you advocate? Check out these 8 Easy steps to become an advocate!

Resources & Links

Seal of Biliteracy

The seal certifies that a student is proficient in all modes of a language, such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be assessed in their junior or senior years for language proficiency. Qualified students will receive a seal on their high school diploma to signify the award along with a certificate of achievement. Learn more here!

Want to get involved?

The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) hosts its annual Language Advocacy Day and Delegate Assembly each year in Washington, DC.  To participate from home, the JNCL-NCLIS has published a Social Media Guide and Message Templates for communicating with your representatives.  If you would like to go to Capitol Hill or learn more about how you can advocate for languages, visit the JNCL-NCLIS online here.


AWLA Advocacy Chair, Nick Gossett and AATSP Executive Director, Sheri Spaine Long advocating for us at Advocacy Day 2018.


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