Alabama World Language Association

The mission of the Alabama World Languages Association is to motivate educators to contribute to
and to advocate for improved world language education for all students at all levels.


  • 13 Jul 2018 11:09 AM | Malinda O'Leary

    Make an impact!

    The CODES Act Threatens World Language Education 


    On June 26, the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) unanimously passed H.R. 2353, a key hurdle to reauthorize the Perkins Act. It comes after years of delays and direct lobbying from businesses and the President’s own daughter. The House passed their version of the Perkins Act reauthorization back in June 2017. The Career and Technical Education Research and Outreach Act of 2018 emphasizes technical education to prepare students K-12 for America’s 21st century economy. Senate and House leaders are eager for a sure bipartisan win ahead of November’s midterm elections and before the end of the legislative session, potentially putting Perkins on the fast-track to the President's desk. It now awaits a floor vote in the Senate, which has yet to be scheduled.

    Although amendments were not allowed in the Senate HELP Committee, amendments to the bill may be offered during the floor vote. JNCL-NCLIS is closely monitoring a potential amendment called the High School CODES Act, which is a serious threat to the integrity of high school language programs in every state of the Union. The CODES Act amends the Perkins Act by establishing a competitive grant that would be available to local educational agencies (LEAs) with “programs that allow high school students to take a coding class in place of a mathematics, science, or foreign language class in order to fulfill a graduation requirement.”

    As has been previously published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), "the study of computer coding does not allow students to gain the intercultural skills, insight, and perspectives to know how, when, and why to express what to whom." By classifying computer coding as a foreign language credit, this program --and others like it-- encroaches on the limited resources normally allocated to foreign language departments, already suffering from a major teacher shortage.

    JNCL-NCLIS and its members strongly oppose limiting students' opportunities to study world language. The CODES Act and other bills like it that incentivize the replacement of world language education represent an existential threat to the language community and a gross misunderstanding of the practical needs of the globalized 21st century economy. JNCL-NCLIS and its organizational members ask you to write to your Senators today regarding the community's concerns. Click the link below to use the form email provided by ACTLF. 


  • 29 Mar 2018 2:09 PM | Malinda O'Leary

    What a great weekend!  AWLA was well represented at this year's SCOLT conference in Atlanta.  Members were presenting, leading, mentoring, chatting, sharing and learning.  Visit our Facebook page to see photos and posts as well as the hashtag #SCOLT18.  AWLA Parliamentarian, Sandrine Hope and I attended the SCOLT leadership luncheon on behalf of AWLA and found it to be quite an engaging afternoon discussing how we can recruit, retain and encourage foreign language teachers.  This topic is building on an area of focus by ACTFL too so there is much ado going on to tackle the problem of lack of foreign language educators.  See my previous post from ACTFL in November to learn about some of the initiatives.

  • 21 Mar 2018 1:31 PM | Malinda O'Leary

    AWLA was thrilled to help send our Advocacy Director, Dr. Nick Gusset to Washington,D.C for Language Advocacy Day 2018.  Visit online to learn more about this day.

  • 21 Mar 2018 1:21 PM | Malinda O'Leary

    My head is flying with so many new ideas and affirmations from the weekend in Atlanta at SCOLT 2018. I can honestly say that watching the plane take off and land right outside the conference windows was a nice touch.  On behalf of AWLA, I want to send up a special shout out to our own Jennifer Bruni and Dr. Sue Barry who represented Alabama at the SCOLT Awards.   Jennifer was our nominee for SCOLT TOY and Dr. Barry was honored with the SCOLT Founder's Award.

    Visit AWLA and SCOLT on Facebook for more photos.


  • 06 Feb 2018 9:34 AM | Malinda O'Leary

    Language teachers, we’re one step closer to having our own license plate! We received the proof today (one day too late to show everyone at the conference)! 

    Once we approve the proof and get on the license commission’s agenda we’ll be spreading the word state wide to start getting your new tags! Funds generated from this ($41 per plate) will go to fund immersion programs for students and teachers as well as many other PD opportunities! 

    Stay tuned and contact Nick Gossett with any questions!

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:03 PM | Malinda O'Leary

    Done and off to the printers!  The AWLA 2018 Conference Program is now available, find it online at the conference website and of course in person in Mobile!

  • 29 Dec 2017 1:12 PM | Malinda O'Leary

    The tentative AWLA 2018 at-a-glance session schedule is now available here and online at the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Mobile!

  • 19 Apr 2017 12:22 PM | Malinda O'Leary

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