It’s crucial to communicate with those who are making the decision to keep or reduce/eliminate a French program and to make the most effective arguments possible to justify retaining the program. The Advocacy Checklist will help you think about how to organize your communication campaign.
Who should write to the decision-makers? (Hint: Who are your French program’s allies?)
- French teacher
- World Language colleagues
- Other colleagues from your school or university
- Past students
- Advocates from AATF chapter or national
- Advocates from the community
What should the emails/letters say? What arguments can my allies and I use? Check out these resources:
As well, the following sample letters provide some models you and your allies might use: As you read them, think about how you might adapt their structure or their arguments in your own letter(s) or recommend them to your allies. And you can take sentences and wording straight out of these letters for your own communication (provided you make it fit your own situation, of course!).