High School Students


I will not graduate from high school for a while. What can I do now?

There are many different ways to improve upon and maintain your language skills. Below are a few suggestions:

  • Take full advantage of language courses in your community.
  • Apply to NSLI-Y, a Department of State program that offers merit-based scholarships for American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year overseas immersion programs. The program is open to all American citizens, 15 to 18 years old, with any level of language experience. To learn more about this program, visit the website nsliforyouth.org
  • Apply for a summer language program through STARTALK.
  • Join a language club that meets regularly to speak a particular language.
  • Take advantage of free language learning apps, such as 24/7 Tutor Apps, Duolingo, AccellaStudy Essential Apps, busuu, HelloTalk, or Memrise. 
  • Visit a cultural center in your area or visit cultural festivals in your area.
  • Watch movies in a foreign language. Set movies to another language and leave the subtitles OFF (if you can). Getting used to listening to the language is an important step in maintaining your skills of comprehension.
  • Browse media and news in a foreign language.
  • Volunteer with an organization that works with different immigrant communities in your area.
  • Most importantly—keep it fun! Languages should always be enjoyable. Find the most pleasant way of practicing every day and you will easily fall into a routine of learning.


Click here to learn more about the NSLI-Y and STARTALK opportunities available for High School students
through our partner programs.