In response to a bipartisan request from members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the Academy
is creating a national commission to examine the current state of language education,
project what the nation’s education needs will be in the future, and offer recommendations
for ways to meet those needs.
The Commission on Language Learning will be composed of national leaders in education,
scientific and humanistic research, business, and government. Their primary task
will be to suggest a range of options for improving—and making more widely
available—a set of educational approaches, services, and technological innovations.
The commission will work with scholarly and professional organizations to gather
available research about the benefits of language instruction at every educational
level, and will help to initiate a nationwide conversation about the need for greater
investment in languages and international education.
Support for the Commission was provided by a $220,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a grant from the Luce Foundation, and resources from the Academy’s New Initiatives Fund.
Members of the Commission on Language Learning
- Paul LeClerc
Columbia Global Center in Paris,
- Martha Abbott
American Council on the Teaching of
- Mark Aronoff
Stony Brook University
- jessie “little doe” baird
Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project
- David S. C. Chu
Institute for Defense Analyses
- Dan E. Davidson
American Councils for International Education; Bryn Mawr College
- Nicholas Dirks
University of California, Berkeley
- Brian T. Edwards
- Karl W. Eikenberry
Stanford University; United States Army, ret.
- Rosemary G. Feal
Modern Language Association
- Carol Gluck
- Nancy McEldowney
Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State
- Philip Rubin
Haskins Laboratories; formerly, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Rubén G. Rumbaut
University of California, Irvine
- Marta Tienda
- Ken Wallach
Central National Gottesman Inc.
- Diane Wood
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- Pauline Yu
American Council of Learned Societies