Advocating for Foreign Language Departments

deadline for submissions: 
March 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
contact email: 

2020 MLA CFP:

“Advocating for Foreign Language Departments”


Conference: Modern Language Association Convention

Location: Seattle, Washington

Dates: 09–12 January 2020

Full name of sponsoring MLA committee: Executive Committee for the Forum Higher Education and the Profession (HEP): Teaching as a Profession

Contact emails:

Due date for abstracts: 28 March 2019

Call for papers/abstracts:

Over the last decade, record numbers of "foreign" language programs have been closed down. How can we become more effective advocates for the study of languages other than English at the college level? How can/should we address this within the space of the classroom itself? What types of pedagogical techniques/activities might we implement outside the classroom in order to advocate more effectively on behalf of our institutional programs and the disciplines they represent? What connections might there be between effective assessment of student learning and effective advocacy on behalf of programs?

Submission: By 28 March 2019, submit a 200-word abstract, including references, for a 15-minute presentation to William Christopher Brown at <>.

Required memberships: To participate in this panel, all participants must be members of the Modern Language Association by 07 April 2019.