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Be Global Ready: Language Resources for Teachers & Schools

June 22, 2018

On June 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education hosted an in-person and online Be Global Ready event to share resources to help U.S. teachers and schools teach world languages.

Featuring Presentations and Resources From:
  • International Affairs Office, U.S. Department of Education
  • International and Foreign Language Education Office, U.S. Department of Education
  • Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Center for Integrated Language Communities, City University of New York
  • Critical Language Scholarship and National Security Language Initiative for Youth, U.S. Department of State
  • STARTALK, National Security Agency

The Presentations

Watch the video recording and review the accompanying PowerPoint slideshows

  1. U.S. Department of Education, International & Foreign Language Education (IFLE) slides 
  2. Lead with Languages slides
  3. STARTALK slides 
  4. U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs slides 

Digital Resources

See below a list of resources available online to language educators and others seeking instructional materials for their schools:

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U.S. Department of Education & Government Programs for Language Teachers: 
  • Resources from ED’s Title VI National Resource Centers

One hundred federally funded Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs) provide curriculum materials, teacher education, travel opportunities for teachers, and scholarly speakers for the K-16 community. The centers’ websites host a wide array of resources including lesson plans, culture boxes, Skype-based classroom speakers, and more. Find an NRC in your area.

  • Summer Institutes for Teachers

ED’s Title VI National Resource Centers organize summer institutes for teachers. Some institutes have funding available to defray travel expenses for out-of-town participants.  The University of California, Berkeley has compiled a list of summer institutes for teachers around the country.

This program provides 4-6 week seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding of other countries and cultures. Participants draw on their experiences abroad to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S. The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of approximately $600. Applications to the program are usually accepted in late fall/early winter; dates subject to change.

  • The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

This program supports groups of teachers in overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Programs are administered directly by the institutions that have received a grant, and teachers should contact these grantee institutions directly to participate. Learn more about projects that will take place in 2018.

Bring the world to your students! World Wise Schools promotes the Peace Corps’ Third Goal of teaching Americans about the world by providing educational resources to promote global competence. Established in 1989, the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program is dedicated to promoting global learning through lesson plans, activities, and events—all based on Peace Corps Volunteer experiences.

This program provides grants for teachers to conduct educational research abroad, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies, and share best practices with international colleagues. Teachers expand their understanding of other cultures and education systems to enrich their U.S. schools and communities with global perspectives. Applications to the program are usually accepted in fall/early winter; dates subject to change.

U.S. Department of Education Global and Cultural Competency Resource:

U.S. Department of Education’s Framework for Developing Global and Cultural Competencies to Advance Equity, Excellence and Economic Competitiveness is the product of a working group with representatives from across ED and discussions with the education community. This work builds on existing research and provides a framework for the development of global and cultural competencies beginning in early childhood through postsecondary education and bases it on a foundation of discipline-specific knowledge. It is designed as a guide to consider how these competencies are developed over time and at various stages of education.

For more information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/global-and-cultural-competency/

Lead with Languages:

Lead with Languages is a national public awareness campaign powered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and designed to create a new generation of Americans competent culturally and linguistically.  The campaign provides resources to the public, regarding the critical need to build our nation’s language capacity, as it relates to college and career readiness as well as economic, diplomatic, and personal growth rationales.  The campaign’s focal point is a website listed below as well as direct links to some of the most sought-after information.

STARTALK Resources:

STARTALK has developed high quality language education resources and materials that can be used by teachers of any language and are available for free to the public here.

These resources include:

  • Online instructional planning tools, templates, and models
  • Teacher training videos and modules
  • Resources for teacher certification in world languages
  • Assessment tools and resources to check for learning
  • Instructional modules for students and teachers in the STARTALK languages (Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, Russian, Turkish and Urdu)

Additional resources:

Language Resource Centers:

Language Resource Centers (LRC) support the nation’s capacity for language teaching and learning through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects. LRCs offer free or low-cost teaching materials, professional development opportunities, assessment and evaluation services, and more.

To learn more, go to http://www.nflrc.org/#find where you can download the LRC brochure, search for materials and professional development opportunities, and find links to each of the sixteen LRCs. For resources on heritage language education, go to:

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: 

The goal of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges that assist in the development of peaceful relations.

ECA provides a wide range of educational and exchange programs for U.S. and international participants including programs involving teachers, secondary school students, college and university students, professionals, sports and the arts.  More information on all ECA exchange programs at Exchanges.state.gov. Some specific programs that support language learning include the following:


Be Global Ready: Language Resources for Teachers & Schools