The mission of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) is to provide leadership to advocate for and support successful early language learning and teaching. Founded in 1987, NNELL provides valuable resources for
educators, parents, and policy makers.

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NNELL Quick Updates

  • Do you know a champion of early language learning? If so, we want to hear from you! NNELL seeks nominees for our Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning. The award will be given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support of early second language learning of languages other than English. Nominees may be actively involved in their efforts in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following: principal or other school administrator, district or state school superintendent, classroom teacher, parent, school board member, businessperson, civic leader, politician/elected representative. Nominees should be individuals whose primary job responsibilities are not related to the field of second language education. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2015.

  • NNELL at 25 and its founding mothers
    Take a few moments to read this wonderful article about the founding of NNELL and how the organization has grown over the past 25 years

  • Congratulations to Helena Curtain and Carol Ann Dahlberg on receiving the 2013 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language Founders Award.

  • NNELL recognizes US Representative Rush Holt for its National Network for Early Language Learning Award


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