Survey of Foreign Language Enrollment in the U.S

The National K-16 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey Report is part of an ongoing effort to further strengthen overall U.S. capacity in foreign language acquisition, particularly in those identified as key and strategic languages. The results of this survey will keep stakeholders and policy makers at all levels of the educational system informed about the locations, levels, enrollments, and types of programs that constitute current K-16 U.S. educational capacity in foreign languages. Foreign language enrollment data will be used to help inform and guide private, government, and education agencies and programs in future initiatives at the K-12 and higher education levels education in the United States today. This effort constitutes the first comprehensive study of foreign/world language enrollments across the formal education system, K-16.

Sponsored by The Language Flagship at the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), the Comprehensive Survey of Foreign Language Enrollments in the USA: K-12 and Higher Education Project is conducted by American Councils for International Education (and its research arm; American Councils Research Center) in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), and the Modern Language Association (MLA). The DLNSEO grant award is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in cooperation with Bryn Mawr College.

The National K-16 Foreign Language Enrollment Report: Prepared by Dan Davidson, Nadra Garas, and Werner Wothke at American Councils for International Education; Richard Brecht and Robert Slater at American Councils Research, Marty Abbot at American Center for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Meg Malone at the Center for Applied Linguistics, David Goldberg and Dennis Looney at Modern Language Association.




Nadra Garas
Tel: 202-833-7522