California Language Roadmap Summit Meeting
When: May 7th, 2010
Where: San Diego Sheraton and Marina Hotel (next to the airport)
This summit meeting, “Building World Citizens for California’s Success,” will bring together leaders from business, education, public policy, and local communities with an eye to developing a strategic plan for meeting California’s current and future language needs.
Other states, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas and Utah, have already held Language Roadmap summits sponsored entirely by the National Education Security Program (NSEP). The California Language Roadmap is partially sponsored by NSEP, but also by the UC Language Consortium (UCCLLT), San Diego State’s Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC), and the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP).
The California Language Roadmap initiative is particularly crucial at this time given the fact that California is not only the most populous state in the U.S. (36.5+ million) but is also one of the top ten world economies. Developing and maintaining linguistic expertise in world languages is vital to our state’s economic development and international stature and, in the face of recent economic cutbacks, should be an integral part of returning California’s K-16 education to previous levels of performance.
Background Road Map Information:
- Learning World Languages and Cultures in California: A Stimulus for Academic and Economic Success
- National K-12 Foreign Language Survey
- Building the Foreign Language Capacity We Need: Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for a National Language Framework
- What Business Wants: Language Needs in the 21st Century