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Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

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Formation  1986
Location  Nashville, Tennessee
Type  Governmental
Purpose  Teaching and learning of languages

The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI) is an agency of the State of Tennessee that provides language classes, language teacher training and certification, and interpretation and translation services.


TFLI was created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1986 to promote the learning and teaching of foreign languages. It is the only state-government-supported organization of its kind.

TFLI, which is located in Nashville, has four major departments: English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages, Curriculum and Training, and Interpretation and Translation Services.


The legislation that established TFLI (Tennessee Code Annotated 49-50-1303) called for its governing board to consist of the state commissioners of economic and community development and tourist development or their designees; the commissioner of education; the chancellor of the state university and community college system or a designee; the President of the University of Tennessee or a designee; the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; and three other persons appointed by the Governor.


The official goals of the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute can be found in the legislative mandate in the Tennessee Code Annotated. The legislation outlines the purposes of TFLI, "which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Coordination and provision of foreign language skills needed by state government for purposes of industrial recruitment, tourist development or any other state purpose;
  • Original research into the most effective methods of foreign language instruction and the dissemination of such knowledge;
  • Improvement of the language skills and teaching methods of foreign language instructors at all levels in the schools, colleges and universities of Tennessee; and
  • Coordination and provision of foreign language instruction to the citizens of Tennessee."
  • Finances

    Fees for services are a major source of funding for TFLI. State appropriations, which totaled $349,100 in 2009-10, provide about 20% of its budget. Additional funds come from grants and donations.


    Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Wikipedia

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