Helping people understand each other and the world around them for over 30 years.

 

 

 

 

Who we are

The National Foreign Language Center is a unit of the University of Maryland. For more than three decades, we have focused on our mission of helping people understand each other and the world around them. We do this through partnerships with educational institutions and organizations, government agencies, organizations, and individual scholars and policy makers. Our primary means of realizing our mission is through strengthening people’s knowledge of world languages, especially those less commonly taught in the United States.

Our staff excels in a wide range of skills. We are…

  • Educators
  • Linguists
  • Second language acquisition specialists
  • Assessment professionals
  • Subject matter experts
  • Public policy analysts
  • Researchers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Instructional designers
  • Test item developers
  • Writers and editors
  • Media specialists
  • UX designers
  • Software developers
  • Quality assurance specialists
  • Finance professionals
  • IT troubleshooters
  • Compliance experts
  • Project managers
  • Event planners
  • Workshop facilitators

 

 

 

What we do

Whether it is developing workforce products, such as high-stakes language assessments or courses to hone critical thinking skills, or creating programs to inspire students of all ages to study languages, the National Foreign Language Center has a long track record of success. Our instructional design and media teams demonstrate excellence and agility across products and topic areas.

  • Workforce development materials and tests
  • Interactive courses, modules, and learning and assessment tools for professionals
  • K–12 educational materials including standards-based curricula, lesson plans, assessment tools, and instructional planning resources
  • Custom media production and postproduction
  • Software and user interfaces that are 508 compliant

From putting in place and completing complex projects for government entities to juggling summer programs across the country, the National Foreign Language Center has seasoned and proven project managers who consistently get the job done. Our knowledgeable and professional staff follows the latest best practices to ensure the editorial and technical quality of programs and products.

  • Educational K–12 programs from the local to the national level
  • Long-term projects for federal entities and nongovernmental organizations
  • A global network of subject matter experts in 100+ languages
  • The transition of products from paper to web
  • Quality assurance teams that address compliance, test software, and provide editorial expertise

From its inception, the National Foreign Language Center has researched all facets of language learning. This broad area of study includes workforce needs, how effective technology is in language instruction, and questions of access and student outcomes in language immersion programs.

  • The increasing demand for a multilingual and globally competent workforce
  • The effectiveness of and user experience with language learning technology
  • The language instruction needs of the country and how they are being met
  • The national impact of federally funded language education programs

 

 

 

Who we serve

The National Foreign Language Center has proven partnerships with the government and military to create material to help you prepare for high-stakes tests and maintain and improve your language skills in more than one hundred languages from around the globe.

  • Proficiency test items
  • Transcription and translation tests
  • Language learning materials for a variety of devices
  • Training modules
  • Research into the value of language learning

From STARTALK, a national network of summer language programs created in partnership with the federal government, to our lessons and materials in more than one hundred languages, the National Foreign Language Center has a wealth of material for teachers.

If you want language learning that goes beyond what is commonly taught in the classroom and to encounter authentic materials from all corners of the globe, the National Foreign Language Center has something for you. We administer STARTALK, a national network of summer language programs for students from kindergarten to college, in several less commonly taught languages. Upper-level students will find a wealth of videos, texts, and activities to help them learn more than one hundred languages.

The National Foreign Language Center has studied the value of language learning to society since its inception more than thirty years ago. We study and teach about a broader area of the world than most organizations do; we have created materials in more than one hundred languages. Some of the topics we investigate are listed below.

It is easy to find materials for you or your staff to learn more about French and Spanish. But what about lesser-known African and Asian languages? The National Foreign Language Center has materials to assess language levels and improve skills in more than one hundred languages from around the globe for professionals—and for anyone who loves learning languages. We also have training modules to help advance critical thinking and other domains.

  • Assessments
  • Language learning materials for a variety of devices
  • Research into the value of language learning in business
  • Training modules in critical thinking and other skills
  • Training in detecting dialects, interpretation, and translation

Current and Past Clients

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The National Foreign Language Center
5600 Rivertech Court, Suite K
Riverdale, MD  20737


tel: 301.405.9828
fax: 301.405.9829