As African-American linguists, we should strive to become leaders in our fields. Advocates have the power to be positive models for future linguists. Working with professional organizations can catapult AAL into roles of leadership. Through these organizations, we gain influence amongst our peers and are able to network within the world language community. Continuously developing our skills through professional development is especially important for the world language educator. Teachers must maintain proficiency in the target language and stay up-to-date on current issues related to the target language culture. Regardless of the skills and knowledge that world language teachers possess when they begin teaching, maintenance and improvement must be an ongoing process. Peyton, 1997
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