Why NNELL?

Our Mission:

The mission of NNELL is to foster a network that empowers educators to advocate for and support early language teaching and learning.


Our Vision:

Every child deserves the opportunity to learn another language.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to a network of hundreds of early language educators, parents, and decision makers.NNELL Member Benefits
  • Access to the members only area of the NNELL website which provides announcements, workshop and webinar materials, advocacy resources and information for parents.
  • Subscription to Learning Languages journal, published twice a year.
  • Subscription to e-NNELL News delivered to your inbox each month. This electronic newsletter keeps our members informed and updated about NNELL news and events.
  • An invitation to attend NNELL’s state and regional professional development workshops. Look for current workshop dates on the NNELL website.
  • Webinars on a variety of topics of interest to K-8 language educators.

Here’s what people are saying about NNELL:

“We have had a very positive experience as a Platinum Sponsor of NNELL. NNELL is a special organization of dedicated educators who work together to effectively advance early language education in the US. NNELL organizes many high quality seminars and conferences, and has successfully built a strong community of educators who share best practices and research. It has been a pleasure working with NNELL and we look forward to many more years of partnership with them.”

--Language Together

“I was the department town-wide chair of foreign languages in West Hartford (CT) for many years.  Our FLES program was under attack annually. At one point it did not survive but then was reinstated with vigor and has since not been under attack.  I really credit the fact that it’s back  due to the strong support of NNELL. When I needed support I turned to NNELL and was rewarded with their help with leaders in the field offering me advice, support from other school districts, and why an FL program without an elementary program is weak at best. Our colleagues at NNELLl made a huge difference, and then and even how I appreciated their support.  I retired in 1995 but still keep in touch people like Christy Brown and Judy Katzman and love to join them “to talk shop”.

Jack Darcey, Supervisor of Foreign Languages for West Hartford CT Public Schools (retired)