coordinating and providing foreign language skills needed by state government,
doing research into the most effective methods of foreign language instruction and disseminating that information,
and improving the language skills and teaching methods of foreign language instructors at all levels in the state’s schools, colleges and universities.
Since then, TFLI’s activities have broadened to include the provision of interpretation and translation services, teaching English as a second language, and training teachers of English as a second language.
Today, TFLI’s mission statement reads as follows:
The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), dedicated to responsive public service, strives to facilitate intercultural communication through the provision of quality language instruction, translation and interpretation services, professional development for interpreters, translators and language instructors, and cultural awareness programs, which are designed to meet the needs of the state government and its employees, the business community, foreign language educators, and the public at large.
The mission statement is in support of TFLI’s vision:
A world community enriched by linguistic and cultural diversity, unhindered in its efforts to create meaningful dialogues.
An overview of TFLI’s activities may be found in our latest portfolio (PDF will open in a new tab.)TFLIPortfolioFinal_Fillable
How is TFLI funded?
TFLI receives about 20% of its operating revenues from the State of Tennessee in the form of an annual appropriation. The remainder of its operating revenues come primarily from fees for service–translation and interpretation, foreign language classes, English language classes, and its training program for teachers of English as a second language. Since TFLI is a recipient of taxpayer funding, it is covered by the state’s policy on reporting of fraud, waste or abuse in spending.
TFLI is also supported by an independent 501(c)(3) organization called the TFLI Fund, Inc. with its own board of directors. The Fund solicits and accepts donations and foundation and government grants on TFLI’s behalf and holds an annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction to raise funds for TFLI.
Who governs TFLI?
According to its enabling legislation, TFLI is governed by a board composed of the following members:
- Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or designee
- Commissioner of Tourist Development or designee
- Chancellor of the State University and Community College System (Tennessee Board of Regents) or designee
- President of the University of Tennessee or designee
- Three appointees of the governor
- Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- Commissioner of Education
The current board typically meets twice each year, at which point it receives a formal report on TFLI activities since the previous meeting. TFLI is administratively linked to the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The TN Foreign Language Institute announces its semi-annual meeting of the TFLI Governing Board on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the offices of TFLI in Metro Center, Nashville, TN. These meetings are open to the public. For entry into the building, identification documents, such as a driver’s license, state issued I.D., or passport, are required.
For planning purposes and space accommodations, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call to 615-741-7579. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, TFLI will make every effort to honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Direct accommodation requests to Austin, at 615-741-7579 or email@example.com.
Who works at TFLI?
TFLI has a small full-time staff of less than 30 individuals from 5 different countries based at headquarters in Nashville, TN, plus many part-time teachers, and contract interpreters/or translators. Check out the staff directory.