[lg policy] FW: Boren Awards Language Proficiency Report

Leah Mason Shapiro lmm2119 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 23:24:12 UTC 2015

*From:* Christopher Powers [mailto:cpowers=iie.org at mail28.suw15.mcsv.net] *On
Behalf Of *Christopher Powers
*Sent:* Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:19 PM
*To:* Mason, Leah
*Subject:* Boren Awards Language Proficiency Report

Boren Scholarship and Fellowships, a National Security Education Program

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Dear Colleagues:

Last month at the Institute of International Education Generation Study
Abroad Summit, Dr. Michael Nugent, director of the Defense Language and
National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), unveiled a new IIE report on
language proficiency, based on research completed on the experience of
nearly 2,500 Boren Awardees.

DLNSEO funds the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, as well as the other
National Security Education Program (NSEP) initiatives that IIE manages,
including The Language Flagship, Project GO, the Language Training Centers,
and the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program.

As many of you know, NSEP has been assessing the oral language proficiency
of Boren Awardees since the 1990s. This report represents the largest
presentation of data on oral language proficiency development by U.S.
college and university students during study abroad, and in scope,
represents the greatest number of host countries and languages studied to

The study clearly demonstrates the importance of promoting longer term (6
months plus) study abroad experiences in promoting language gain, and the
success of implementing this preference for long-term study in the Boren
program.   We hope that you will find this study valuable, and that you
will share widely with colleagues in academia and in the private sector.

The study can be accessed free of charge at the following link:


IIE's Leah Mason, who oversees the Project GO and Language Training Centers
programs on a day-to-day basis and has a background in language education
policy with a doctoral degree from Teacher's College, was the primary
author of the report, working with me and Seamus Donnelly, a research

We will be glad to hear any thoughts or feedback you have on the study.

Best regards,

*Christopher Powers*
Director, Education Abroad Programs
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
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