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African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African American Community

Professional Development

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

African-Based Language & Cultural Organizations

  1. College Language Association: To foster high professional standards for teachers of language and literature and to promote productive scholarship among its members. The College Language Association, founded in 1937 by a group of Black scholars and educators, is an organization of college teachers of English and foreign languages which serves the academic, scholarly and professional interests of its members and the collegiate communities they represent.
  2. Center for Afro-Cuban Studies: This site offers over 700 pages of information on Afro-Cuban influences and contributions

Professional Organizations

Organization/Mission Statement

  1. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: To provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.
  2. Center for Applied Linguistics: To improve communication through better understanding of language and culture
  3. American Association for the Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese: To promote the study and teaching of Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related languages, literatures, and cultures at all educational levels
  4. American Association of Teachers of Italian: To promote the study of Italian language, literature, and culture in schools, colleges and universities in North America
  5. National Network for Early Language Learning: To provide leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching
  6. National Capital Language Resource Center: To improve and strengthen the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages
  7. Foreign Language Association of North Carolina: To promote opportunities for all students from kindergarten through post graduate studies to develop a high level of competence in at least one language in addition to their own; to provide leadership, support and service to those committed to language learning; and to coordinate the efforts of all those involved in education to make language learning in programs of excellence a reality for all
  8. Foreign Language Association of Virginia: To promote and enhance the study, teaching and learning, use, and appreciation of foreign languages, cultures, and literatures. To encourage among members the exchange of ideas which clarify the place of foreign languages in their schools and lives. To recognize and publicize excellence on foreign language teaching and learning. To encourage participation in national, regional, and state language associations.
  9. Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: To improve the study and teaching of modern and classical languages and their literatures and cultures at all levels of instruction
  10. Modern Language Association: To promote the study and teaching of language and literature

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