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.


Making the Case for Languages in 2017
William P. Rivers, Ph.D. (Executive Director Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Language and International Studies). 2017 promises to be eventful for language advocates! The elections will have changed Washington, DC, and the Commission on Language Learning is due to release its report. Dr. Bill Rivers will discuss the impact of these events, looking forward to help us position ourselves for making the case in 2017 and beyond.

Dr. Rivers spoke to members at AWLA 2017 at Auburn University, he has given his permission to share the content of his presentation, please find it here.

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