Educators & Administrators

At the core of The Language Flagship is the objective to improve how foreign languages are taught and learned across the U.S. The commitment is evident in the work toward diffusion of successful Flagship practices throughout higher education, and the growing interest nationwide in Flagship language models at the K-12 level. The Language Flagship model is results-based with a focus on developing professional foreign language proficiency, cultural expertise, and related career skills. The goal is to spread replicable program models that can be implemented for any language on any campus. The model is designed to increase the accessibility, scope, and reach of advanced language learning and make Flagship language programming available to students across the U.S.

Flagship periodically hosts open competitions for institutions interested in providing advanced level language education.

The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center

The National Security Education Program awarded the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center grant to the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center provides resources and support to identify, design, develop, deliver, and evaluate effective means to blend technology into existing Flagship programs. The center is convening a core team of leading professionals to engage an ongoing conversation that identifies groundbreaking initiatives in academia, the private sector, and government to improve language learning experiences through technology. To learn more about the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center, please visit their website.     

Teacher Training

Flagship supports the work of organizations providing teacher training to critical language educators at the K-16 level.  For more information on these opportunities, click here.


Countries around the world provide students with early foreign language learning. Many U.S. students only complete two years of a foreign language in high school, and some receive no language instruction at all. To address this shortfall, The Language Flagship has systematically made investments in K–12 to provide outcome-based, foreign language learning experiences. 

Sponsored by The Language Flagship, The National K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey Report is a comprehensive study of world language enrollments across the formal U.S. education system at the K-12 level. To read the full text of this report, please click here.

The Language Flagship supported six state Language Roadmap initiatives, each addressing questions related to K-12 foreign language education. To read the full text of these roadmaps, visit the Reports Archive.

Higher Education

Many of the students who enroll in foreign language courses at the university level believe that they lack the skills necessary to develop high-level language proficiency. Through more than a decade of institutional investment in designing, supporting, and implementing new curricula for advanced language education, The Language Flagship has worked to address this challenge. Using Flagship techniques, we have increased student retention and improved student proficiency outcomes. Flagship results have proven that it is possible for large numbers of students to achieve high-level foreign language proficiency.