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The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP)

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This article features the Foreign Language Assistance Program, also known as FLAP, which holds the distinction as the only federally funded program that exclusively targets foreign language instruction in elementary and secondary schools. Funded under Title V of No Child Left Behind, FLAP provides 3-year grants to states and local school districts to establish, improve, or expand innovative kindergarten through grade twelve model programs. The program began in 1988 when Congress passed the Foreign Language Assistance Act, directing the Secretary of Education to make grants to state educational agencies for foreign language study in elementary and secondary schools. Today, FLAP funds 15 grants to states and 122 grants to local school districts to support a broad range of activities, including classroom instruction, professional development, teacher recruitment, curriculum development, student assessment, program evaluation, and parent involvement with a current program budget of $23,780,000. The resources of FLAP support local school districts and state educational agencies as they address the challenges and build a foundation for success in foreign language education. Here, the author discusses how the FLAP grants are awarded through a grant process and how the program gained prominence as an essential component of K-16+ education to prepare foreign language speakers.

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