This program from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide $10 million in grants to local educational agencies for innovative model programs providing for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary school students. For 2003, preference will be given to proposals that establish, improve, or expand foreign language learning in grades K-8—especially Russian, Chinese, and Arabic—or proposals that establish a foreign language program in underserved schools. Preference also will be given to applications that make effective use of technology—such as computer-assisted instruction, language laboratories, or distance learning—to promote foreign language study. ED expects to make about 90 awards ranging from $50,000 to $175,000.

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