State Resources

National Resources

  • 21st Century Skills World Languages Map. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has forged alliances with key national organizations that represent the core academic subjects. These collaborations have resulted in the development of 21st century skills maps that illustrate the intersection between core subjects and 21st century skills.
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This council is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
    • Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. Describes language performance that is the result of explicit instruction in an instructional setting.
    • Proficiency Guidelines. These guidelines, revised in 2012, are global characterizations of integrated performance in a language skill area. They have gained widespread application as a metric against which to measure learners’ functional competency—that is, their ability to accomplish linguistic tasks representing a variety of levels.
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). CAL’s foreign language experts focus on language education at all levels of instruction (PreK-12, higher education and adult education), with a special focus on teaching languages to children.
  • A Journal for K-16+ Foreign Language Educators. Sponsored by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), the NECTFL Review is an online publication with articles of interest for instructors, researchers and administrators at all educational levels on theory, research and classroom practice in language teaching. The articles deal with pedagogical strategies, materials and curriculum development; language teaching technology; and the teaching of literature, assessment, community awareness projects and international studies.
  • Ñandutí. A comprehensive resource on world language teaching and learning in grades PreK-8. 
  • National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL). Provides leadership in facilitating and promoting policies and practices that support language education.
  • National Education Association Policy Brief: Global Competence is a 21st Century Imperative. There is widespread recognition that a thorough understanding of global issues is critical to the United States’ efforts to promote democratic principles and social justice, improve our economic competitiveness and provide leadership in innovation and creativity.
  • National Foreign Language Resource Centers. These centers create language-learning materials, offer professional development workshops and conduct research on foreign language learning. While some centers concentrate on specific language areas and others on foreign languages in general, all share the common goal to develop resources that can be used broadly to improve foreign language education in the United States.
  • National Language-Specific Organizations. A list of national language organizations, compiled by NCSSFL.
  • National Network for Early Language Learning. Early language learning and teaching resources for educators, parents and policy makers.


  • The Essentials of World Languages, Grades K-12: Effective Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. As schools shift to a performance-based model of language instruction, world language programs are challenged to keep up with new instructional activities and assessments. This publication explores the new directions that schools and districts are taking in designing and implementing flexible language programs, such as creating a new frame for the value of language learning; designing world language curriculums using assessment targets; reinventing the instructional environment in language classes; redefining the roles of teachers and curriculum coordinators in a performance-based approach; and setting more realistic expectations for students’ second-language proficiency.
  • The Keys to the Classroom: A Basic Manual to Help New Language Teachers Find Their Way. This book offers detailed guidelines to help new classroom teachers gain confidence and direction as they begin their teaching careers. In addition to step-by-step strategies for everything from classroom organization to navigating back-to-school night, the book includes sample lesson plans, templates for student and parent letters and advice on dealing with the inevitable difficult moments every teacher faces.