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Enrollment statistics, strategy papers, and government and national organization publications illustrating the status of German language and culture teaching in the US.

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Statistics and Reports

German as a Foreign Language Strategiepapier USA
German Foreign Office, 2011
Study by Michael Legutke and Daniel Hamilton commissioned by the German Foreign Office with some 80 recommendations on how German teaching and learning in the US can be supported and developed. English version of the Introduction.
German Language Teaching and Teacher Training at Colleges and Universities
DAAD, GI, and AATG, 2003
Report conducted by DAAD, GI, and AATG on who is teaching German language classes in colleges and universities, how much training they have, and how they can best be supported in the future.
Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education
MLA, 2013
Analyzes and reports on the data from the 2013 MLA survey of foreign language enrollments in colleges and universities.
Foreign Language enrollments in K-12 Public School: Are Students Prepared for a Global Society?
ACTFL, 2010
Includes national and state world language enrollment totals, and German language course detailed statistics from 2004-05 and 2006-2007.
Succeeding Globally through International Education and Engagement
US Department of Education, November 2012
The Department of Education’s internationally-oriented strategy to improve education. Although support for languages is not clearly outlined, the strategy emphasizes global education and preparing students for international success.
College-Bound Students' Interests in Study Abroad and Other International Learning Activities
American Council on Education, 2008
Report on a survey of college-bound students on plans for international study and proficiency in the language of the country in which they plan to study. Addresses student motivation for international study.
Public Opinion Supports International Education  
NAFSA, 2012
Survey data and analysis showing a broad cross-section of Americans believes that studying abroad, becoming immersed in other cultures, and learning foreign languages are essential to a complete higher education experience. Respondents strongly agree that more students need the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in order to thrive in a global workplace.
Languages for All? Final Report
Marty Abbot, Richard D. Brecht, et al, 2014
The Final Report and Action Plan on national world language policy is the result of a year-long collaborative effort on data and information collection as well as a national and international dialogue on language needs and capacity in the US and other predominantly English-speaking countries. 
Languages for All?
Allie Grasgreen, Inside Higher Ed, October 2013
Analysis and reporting on the 2013 conference for language stakeholders, “Languages for All?” focusing on how to improve the state of language education at all levels in the US.
Strategy Paper - The Status of German as a Foreign Language in the USA
Mary Upman, September 2010
Quick summary of the state of German education and strategies to promote and sustain the study of German at all levels in the US.
Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World
MLA, 2007
Background and context for the MLA’s recommendations regarding the challenges and opportunities facing language study in higher education.
CIA Chief Leon Panetta, Federal Officials Urge Scholars to Help Improve Foreign Language Learning in U.S.
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse, December 2010
Director of the CIA Leon Panetta advocates for beginning language instruction earlier, investing more in languages, and requiring language proficiency in higher education. Includes arguments for language education in general.
Foreign Language for Foreign Policy?
Russell A. Berman, Inside Higher Ed, November 2010
Analysis of the remarks of Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, at the 2010 ACTFL conference—the article exposes weaknesses in Haass’ argument for emphasizing Arabic or other perceived strategic languages, providing an important counterargument on why all languages are important. 
Education Matters Learning World Languages to Prepare for College and Careers
Kentucky Educational Television, 2011
Hour-long video explores the importance of world language study in a global society where fluency in other languages and familiarity with other cultures are prerequisites for success. Focuses on Kentucky, but has application to all contexts. 
A Rationale for Foreign Language Education
NCSSFL
A Position Paper of The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages.
Advocates Seek More Focus on Learning Foreign Languages 
Alyssa Morones, Education Week, October 2013
Article about the importance of language learning and information on the state of language education in the US.
Remarks by Heidi Byrnes
ACTFL Annual Convention and World Expo, 2006 
Article recognizing the absence of a true national language policy in the United States, and that this absence is not necessarily a bad thing.
The State of German in the United States: A Statistical Portrait and a Call for Teachers
Peter Ecke, German as a Foreign Language Journal, No. 2/2011
Article analyzing data on the state of German language and German-language instruction in the US supporting the claim that the teaching of German is in demand and teacher training is the most important challenge to the profession.
Global Competence Position Statement
ACTFL, 2014 
ACTFL's position paper promotes global competence as a critical component of all levels of education in the 21st Century.

Curriculum Tools

Foreign Language Instruction in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey of Elementary and Secondary Schools
Ingrid Pufahl and Nancy C. Rhodes, Center for Applied Linguistics, 2011
Analysis of survey of elementary and secondary level foreign language teachers. Recommendations include data-supported arguments for teaching a variety of languages, starting language instruction in elementary and middle school, and making classroom instruction more rigorous.
World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
ACTFL, 2015
The National Standards for Learning Languages have been revised based on what language educators have learned from more than 15 years of implementation. The revised Standards reflect the current educational landscape, including the Common Core State Standards, college and career readiness, and 21st century skills.
ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners
ACTFL, 2012
The Performance Descriptors describe language performance that is the result of explicit instruction in an instructional setting. The document helps language teachers, administrators, parents, and students understand the developmental path that second-language learning takes in a school setting.
NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: Progress Indicators For Language Learners
ACTFL and NCSSFL, 2013
The Can-Do Statements connect NCSSFL's LinguaFolio with ACTFL's Proficiency Guidelines. The Statements help learners identify what they need to do to function at a specific level of proficiency. The statements also help educators plan curriculum, units of instruction, and daily lessons to help learners reach a targeted level of proficiency.
Minimum Foreign Language Requirement for College/University Application
Massachusetts Foreign Language Association
Lists the years of foreign-language study required by institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Good resource to share with the guidance office, students, and parents.
Building Proficiency Infographics
Connect with Languages
Easy to understand infographics that illustrate the ACTFL Proficiency Levels.
NCSSFL State Resource Links
Links to World Language Standards by state.
NCSSFL State Reports
Survey results with reported data from individual states on their language programs and policies, including standards, certification requirements, and engagement with national initiatives.
World Language Graduation Requirements
NCSSFL, Revised 2010
States with or considering high school foreign language graduation requirements. Also includes direct links to Education Department policy documents.


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