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Archived resources offer historical insight into past advocacy efforts. Up-to-date resources can be found on the Advocacy Hub pages.

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Promoting German
German in the US





Promoting German

We want you to teach German!
AATG and Goethe-Institut
Brochure aimed at inspiring and recruiting future German teachers at all levels.
Learning a Second Language: What Parents Need to Know
Kathleen Marcos, National PTA Magazine, 1998
Article aimed at parents of young children learning a foreign language. The author provides reasons why learning language early is important and what parents can do to support their children’s learning.
Special Report: Maintaining the Momentum: The Transition from High School to College
AATG, 2001
The AATG project Maintaining the Momentum, funded 1999-2001 by StADaF, surveyed high school students and first-year college students and asked them what they thought motivated their decisions on continuing their study of foreign language into college. This study analyzes the results of the survey.
Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language?
U.S. Department of Education, 2004
Targeted at parents, this brochure provides information on the general benefits of learning a language, why children should start early, types of language programs in the US, and what parents can do to advocate for language learning. Includes additional links and a bibliography.
"A World of Languages" Brochure
World Languages Learning Area Support Team, Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, January 2002
Brochure for parents, administrators and counselors contains relevant, timeless arguments on the value of studying World Languages and beginning earlier than at university.
Brain Research: Implications for Second Language Learning
Fred Genesee, ERIC Digest, December 2000. Original source: The ACIE Newsletter, November 2001, Vol. 5, No. 1
Information outlines the connection between brain development and language learning, drawing the conclusion “Brain research cannot prescribe what we should teach, how we should organize complex sequences of teaching, nor how we should work with students with special needs.”
What We Can Learn From Foreign Language Teaching in Other Countries
Ingrid Pufahl, Nancy C. Rhodes, and Donna Christian, Center for Applied Linguistics. Eric Digest, September 2001
Compares world language learning in 20 countries and illustrates the importance of world languages in schools outside the US. Describes in broad action points what needs to be done for schools to have strong language programs and offer a world class education.
Fertile Minds
J. Madeleine Nash, iTime International, (South Pacific Edition) Issue 5, p36, February 1997
The article is about the development of a child’s brain and is frequently quoted in support of early language learning. While it doesn’t directly reference language learning, arguments and facts referenced could be useful to support language programs.
Why learn German? 10 Reasons to Learn German
AATG and Goethe Institut, 2002
Concise yet impactful ideas on why German is important. Includes the importance of German for tourism, literature, science, business, and the job market.
Why learn German? 12 great reasons why you should start learning German today
Vistawide, 2007
General facts and common arguments
Education Resources Information Center and Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics
ERIC is a U.S. Department of Education agency that features many resources for educators. Funding for ERIC/CLL ended December 31, 2003, but the articles and digests are still available online.
Pro-Deutsch! Promoting Your German Program
Goethe Institut, AATG, 2007
The Advoacy Binder for teachers of German in the US contains comprehensive data, statistics, and resources for promoting German instruction at all levels. Find updated information to correlate with these resources in the Advocacy Hub.

German in the US

Ensuring a Place for the Arts and Foreign Languages in America’s Schools
National Association of State Boards of Education, 2003
Includes a list of ten recommendations to position the arts and foreign languages as integral parts of the curriculum.
2006, the Year of Study Abroad
Kathleen Marcos, National PTA Magazine, 1998
The US Senate issued a resolution designating 2006 as the Year of Study Abroad with a 13-point list of reasons for supporting international education.
German Language Opportunities Website (GLOW)
An interactive national database registry of German programs of all types, maintained and created by the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. Teachers and submitters from across the nation can contribute, and the service is free and easy to use.
Special Report: Maintaining the Momentum: The Transition from High School to College
AATG, 2001
The AATG project Maintaining the Momentum, funded 1999-2001 by StADaF, surveyed high school students and first-year college students and asked them what they thought motivated their decisions on continuing their study of foreign language into college. This study analyzes the results of the survey.


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