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English for Heritage Language Speakers Grants to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education

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This federal aid program is managed by:

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Objectives:

The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is designed to provide intensive English language instruction for U. S. citizens who are native speakers of critical languages. The goal of the program is to enable participants to reach professional working proficiency in English, as measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3 and/or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) superior level. The program equips participants with the ability to read, write, speak, and listen at a superior level in an effort to build a critical base of future leaders to serve in the federal government service and the broader professional community.

Funding obligations:

FY 07 $2,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Grant awards are made to U.S. institutions of higher education to develop or strengthen their capabilities to enhance the national capacity and provide English-as-a-second-language instruction to native speakers of critical languages who are U.S. citizens. The National Security Education Act places no special or unique requirements on grantee institutions. Only requirements that govern all Federal grants will apply to NSEP grants. No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.

Examples of Funded Projects:

The University of Washington, Seattle and Georgetown University offer professional-level English instruction to native speakers of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), and Russian. Participants have additional critical language proficiencies in Korean, Vietnamese, and a variety of regional dialects.

Program Accomplishments:

The first cohort of participants completed the programs at the University of Washington, Seattle and Georgetown University in August 2006. Results will be available later in the year.

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Grants ranges from $250,000 to $400,000 annually for multi-year projects. Average award is approximately $300,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants are multi-year renewed each year based on performance.

Applicant Eligibility:

Any accredited U.S. institution of higher education (defined in Section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1141(a) is eligible to apply for a grant. This includes 2 and 4 year colleges and universities, both public and private. Other organizations, associations, agencies, and foreign institutions may be included in proposals but may not be direct recipients of a grant. Federal government schools are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education, their students, and U.S. citizens with superior-level proficiency in their native language.

Award Procedure:

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Dr. Kevin Gormley, Department of Defense, National Defense University, National Security Education Program, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1210, Arlington, VA 22209-2248. Telephone: (703) 696-1991, E-Mail Address: nsepo@ndu.edu, or Ms. Deborah Kennedy, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. Telephone: (202)355-1572, E- mail Address: ehls@cal.org.

Website Address:

http://www.cal.org/ehls.

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