NCOLCTL – National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, established in 1988 and housed at Indiana University, is perhaps best known for their annual conference, which is devoted to strengthening the field of instruction in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) by bringing together LCTL instructors from across the country to share resources and communicate on critical issues in the field. However, there is more to NCOLCTL than an annual conference.
Highlights of its other achievements include the following:
- Hosting an interactive website that serves as a virtual community and networking center for NCOLCTL members
- Publishing the annual Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
- Conducting research to promote and facilitate the teaching and learning of LCTLs
- Developing language learning frameworks to guide teacher training, curriculum design, and materials development
- Planning for and establishing national policy and building national capacity for the study of LCTLs
- Working with government agencies, foundations, and the foreign language community on policy issues and to seek funding to establish effective standards for the LCTL field
- Fostering national and international linkages within and across the various language areas
In addition to individual memberships open to all LCTL instructors, 18 language teaching organizations are members of NCOLCTL.