Tennessee Foreign Language Institute's Mission Statement
The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), an agency of the State of Tennessee established in 1986 by the General Assembly and 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 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:
Key to our growth is the distinction that we are not limited to the above goals, and we endeavor to provide:
The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute employs a variety of culturally-diverse staff members, and hundreds of adjuncts from many cultures and countries. We fully support Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the strengthened provisions with regard to those with Limited English Proficiency. Please read this informative brochure for more information on Title VI.
“A community and world enhanced and enriched by linguistic and cultural diversity, unhindered in its efforts to create meaningful dialogue.”