A wealth of information on language capacity, language learning opportunities, and professional development for teachers is being collected by organizations across the United States. Each repository on its own serves as a valuable data resource for a wide range of users. The power of technology and the Internet afford a unique opportunity for collaboration among organizations collecting this data, providing even greater access to this valuable information.
To foster this collaboration, the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland, working under the auspices of the STARTALK project, has established the National Consortium of Language Program Databases. Consortium partners collaborate with the goal of making data about language programs from a variety of sources readily available to the field.
The NFLC and consortium partners are working together to develop a web-based resource that will allow users to search for key data about language programs. The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) serves as the implementer of the consortium website and the architect of the data repository under development. While that project is in development, we encourage you to visit the websites of the consortium partners to learn more about their work and search databases already available for your use.