The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has been researching, advocating for, and supporting language education for nearly 50 years.
The Modern Language Association (MLA)’s Language Map is a wonderful tool for visualizing where a particular U.S. language community is concentrated, with specificity down to the level of the zip code.
The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism hosts the Voices of New York website, which curates “the best journalistic work being produced by scores of community and ethnic publications and where necessary translates the work into English.” Articles from dozens of communities in numerous languages are organized by world region, news topic, and NYC borough: a rich and easily accessible trove of timely and locally relevant materials for the classroom.
The CUNY Council on World Language Study is a faculty council that meets several times a semester, working to promote CUNY-wide articulation among foreign language departments, and acting as “the spokesperson for foreign languages at CUNY vis-a-vis the Central Administration and other organizations and institutions.” The Council grants awards and scholarships to outstanding CUNY language faculty.
The U.S. Department of Education Language Resource Center page presents information on this program, which provides grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects.