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Commission on Language Learning

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,
    Columbia University


  • Martha Abbott
    American Council on the Teaching of
    Foreign Languages
  • 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
    Northwestern University
  • Karl W. Eikenberry
    Stanford University; United States Army, ret.
  • Rosemary G. Feal
    Modern Language Association
  • Carol Gluck
    Columbia University
  • 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
    Princeton University
  • Ken Wallach
    Central National Gottesman Inc.
  • Diane Wood
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Pauline Yu
    American Council of Learned Societies

Related Publications

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The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016
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Paul LeClerc, Columbia Global Center in Paris, Columbia University

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