Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Foreign Language Learning

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Foreign Language Learning

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The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) Award for Outstanding Support of Early Foreign Language Learning will be given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support of early foreign language learning. Nominees may be actively involved in their efforts in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following: early foreign language specialist, classroom teacher, principal or other school administrator, district or state school superintendent, local or state foreign language coordinator or supervisor, parent, school board member, businessperson, civic leader, politician/elected representative.

The nomination for this award will be in the form of two letters of recommendation (a letter of nomination and a letter of support) from individuals who can attest to the nominee's work in the field of early language learning. The letter of nomination must come from a current NNELL member, and the letter of support should be written by another individual who is very familiar with the nominee's work for early language learning. The letters should include documentation that clearly demonstrates evidence of the ways in which the nominee supports early language learning. The nomination may also include up to five pages of supporting evidence such as copies of newspaper articles that recognize the nominee's work for early language learning, sample items created by the nominee that show advocacy work, etc. The following are examples of criteria that can be considered in writing the letters of nomination as they apply to the nominee's work on behalf of early language learning:

* Demonstrates commitment to early foreign language learning in the school and the community; e.g., seeks ways to inform the community of the need for beginning language study early as an integral part of the school curriculum and in an uninterrupted sequence. …

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