National Foreign Language Month

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National Foreign Language Month celebrates learning and education about world languages in an effort to protect and promote resources for educators and learners. This is also a time to raise awareness about student multilingualism in education and English as a second language programs. National Foreign Language Month is an expansion of the original week-long observance and the extension of World Language Advocacy Month, which is in February. The holiday was created in 1957 by Sister Eloise Therese, the National President of Alpha Mu Gamma, which is the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society.

Learn more from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association

Within the language-learning community in education, there is a movement towards the phrases ‘world language’ or ‘modern language’ to recognize that communities are becoming increasingly multicultural and often simultaneously multilingual. 

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