Advocacy Letter Suggestions

Start with a short introduction of who you are and what your link to world language learning is. If you are a teacher, you might want to say what language you teach to how many students and in what school.

Here are some points that can bolster the world languages (WL) arguement:

  • the original intention of KERA was to include WL for all students.(2.27 and 2.28);
  • WL is a core subject in No Child Left Behind;
  • because WL is not a Core Content for Assessment in Kentucky there is standard way to show what and how much students are learning, WLs are not funded for Teacher Academies and other professional development activities, and, as a result, Kentucky students are ill-prepared for college and the global work place.
  • findings from this year's world language placement exam at Murray State University, which tested all incoming students who had met the precollege curriculum requirement, showed that 96% of students who had 2 years of French, 75% of those with 2 years of Spanish and 78% of those with 2 years of German, all placed at the beginning 101 level;
  • brain research shows early language learning increases cognitive ability, creative and problem-solving skills, and allows for increased language fluency;
  • a recent study by the Louisiana state World Language consultant found that foreign language students significantly outperformed their non-foreign language counterparts on every subtest of the LEAP 21 test and were more successful passing this test. Moreover, foreign language students significantly outperformed their non-language peers on the language portion of the fifth-grade ITBS. (http://etd02.lnx390.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-1103103-111054/)
  • we are not preparing Kentucky students to be a strong, competitive players for our state's future in foreign investment and international trade;
  • KY senate concurrent resolution 142 calls for the Kentucky Board of Education to encourage students, teachers, administrators and educational policy makers to participate in intercultural activities;
  • Kentucky's International Education Summit recommended earlier, more and better articulated language learning opportunities for our students.