Helpful Websites related to Elementary Foreign Language Education

The following are a variety of websites that link educators, parents, and policymakers with valuable information about foreign language education, advocacy, and funding.

Please contact Dr. Pamela Wesely with corrections or suggestions: or 319-335-5261.

Foreign Language Teaching Resources

Iowa World Language Association (IWLA)

The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) works to promote the study of world languages and cultures within Iowa.  They promote language curricula, from primary to post-secondary levels, with the purpose of enabling students to become proficient in the target language and increasing opportunities multi-lingual interaction with other cultures.  IWLA also provides a variety of opportunities and support for language teacher education.

Wisconsin Association for LanguageTeachers (WAFLT)

Although many state organization websites have considerable resources for foreign language teachers, Wisconsin's site is particularly notable for its extensive resources related to K-8 education.

Article about Early Language Instruction in Iowa (abstract only)

Rosenbusch, M.H. (2002), The impact of national and state policy on elementary school foreign language programs: The Iowa case study.  Foreign Language Annals, 35: 507-517.

ACTFL: What the Research Shows

What the research shows about the benefits of language learning.

Funding Opportunities for Elementary Foreign Language Education Programs

NEH Grants - National Endowment for the Humanities

From the website: "NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities."


Rachel Revelez with students