NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK
Alpha Mu Gamma is the Official Sponsor of National Foreign Language Week
National Foreign Language Week was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957 by Alpha Mu Gamma. Sister Eloise Therese, the National President of Alpha Mu Gamma from 1956 to 1960, discovered that such a week had never been officially celebrated in the United States as a whole, although foreign language had receive recognition by different educational institutions at various periods of the academic year. Inspired by her the National Council of Alpha Mu Gamma began to formulate plans to make the United States aware of the need for and importance of foreign language study through the celebration of NFLW. The first celebration was set for the week of February 17 to 23, 1957. Each year since then the National Executive Council of AMG has set a week for this event. In recent years it has become the practice to have NFLW during the first full week of March.
On December 12, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a telegram endorsing the celebration, and each succeeding president has added his support. An even greater contribution to the success of NFLW was made by the posters of the late Bruce Russell, who received not only the Pulitzer Prize but also recognition from President Eisenhower for his efforts toward greater world understanding through his timely cartoons. He offered the Society a cartoon each year until his death in 1963, and even left one finished drawing and an unfinished sketch that were used in 1964 and 1966 respectively. These posters have been distributed each year throughout the United States and are available for sale to interested bodies.
The chapters of Alpha Mu Gamma, now spread through over forty states, took the initiative in organizing activities during the Week with the purpose of making the American student aware of the vital necessity for foreign language study. Typical projects were newspaper articles, radio and television programs, foreign language films, festivals of foreign music and plays, the singing of foreign songs and lectures open to the public. Soon other universities, colleges and schools were also celebrating NFLW.
Every year a NFLW poster with a new theme is printed. It is distributed free to all AMG chapters and is available for sale to the public. Normally the posters size is 24"x19", and are printed in two versions - one with the official date for the Week and one without. The cost, at present, per poster is $6 and shipping & handling is $6 (for 1-5 posters). Shipping is free for orders of 25 posters and above. They are mailed out in solid mailing tube by US Priority Mail.
The Official Theme for the year 2016 is:
"Languages Enrich Your Mind"
2016 National Foreign Language Week Poster
National Foreign Language Week, March 7 – 13, 2016
Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society & Official Sponsor of the Week, announces that the 2015 NFLW Poster will be available as of the beginning of October …The Theme for 2016 year's poster is:
"Languages Enrich Your Mind!"
Poster size is 24"x36". It is available with or without dates. Price: $6 per poster plus $6 shipping & handling (1 to 6 posters). Shipping is free for orders over 25 posters. Pls. indicate whether poster ordered is to be with or without dates. The poster can be viewed on our Website.
It can be ordered from:
Alpha Mu Gamma National
855 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3500
(To order simply send a letter, address above, indicating how many posters you wish to order, if they are to be with or without the official date. Enclose payment: We accept only: checks, school purchase orders (these could be sent electronically or by fax)) and money orders ... But NO credit card payments. Checks to be made out to : »Alpha Mu Gamma National »)
[N.B. Please note that our Office will be closed for the winter session from the end of November to 10 January 2016]