US Language Associations
American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
With 5,000 members, the AATG is for teachers of German at all levels of instruction and all those interested in the teaching of German. The mission of the AATG is based on the belief that bringing the language, literatures and cultures of the German-speaking world to all Americans is a vital humanistic endeavor which serves essential national interests. It’s the only national individual membership organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the language, literature, and culture.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
An individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators as well as business and government representatives, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. In addition to their annual conference, ACTFL also supports regional initiatives, provides advocacy materials, and publishes a journal and magazine for FL teachers.
German Studies Association (GSA)
The German Studies Association is the multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars in German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. GSA holds an annual conference and publishes a scholarly journal – German Studies Review – as well as a Newsletter. Membership is open to anyone interested in German studies.
Modern Language Association (MLA)
With over 30,000 members in 100 countries, the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences. It hosts an annual convention as well as other meetings and forums of academic exchange.
National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL)
NCSSFL is an organization of state education agency personnel responsible for language education. NCSSFL’s State Resource Links provide quick access to language associations across the US, as well as a variety of useful resources.
National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
The NNELL advocacy page includes sample letters promoting early language learning and foreign language learning in general. Tips on building a program, saving a program in jeopardy, and general advocacy strategies and resources.
Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL/NCLIS)
JNCL/NCLIS represent the language profession in Washington, DC and shapes national policy for world languages, ASL, and international education. Their website features information on pending legislation, current activity on Capitol Hill, funding opportunities, and more.