Languages Other Than English

This site provides information about general curriculum laws and rules for languages other than English (LOTE) education. Join our mailing list and receive updates.

The Curriculum Division provides direction and leadership for the state’s LOTE programs for Kindergarten through grade 12. The LOTE Education staff facilitate various statewide initiatives, including implementation of the LOTE Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and assistance to the TEA Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology for the adoption process for LOTE instructional materials.  Additional responsibilities include maintaining communication with the field related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as graduation requirements in Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74.

Curriculum Standards

In April 2014, the State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval to revised LOTE TEKS. The revised TEKS are available online alongside the current TEKS. The revised TEKS are indicated by the phrase “Adopted, 2014” in the title.

LOTE education standards may be found at Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English Chapter 114.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following document provides clarifying information pertaining to languages other than English education. Additional FAQs related to LOTE requirements on the Foundation High School Program are available on the House Bill (HB) 5 webpage.    

Languages Other Than English 

Foreign Exchange Students

Professional Development

LOTE Teacher Competencies for Professional Development is designed for use by teachers, language coordinators, administrators, and/or teacher educators as a personal assessment tool.

LOTE Teacher Competencies for Professional Development (PDF, 81 KB)

Related Links

The resources below address various topics related to the LOTE programs, standards, and organizations.

Online LOTE courses for students

Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN)  


Texas Middle School Program for AP Spanish (outside source)

Research-Based Resources

Center for Applied Linguistics (outside source)

National Foreign Language Resource Centers (outside source)

National Capital Resource Center (outside source)

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (outside source)

Center for Applied Second Language Study  (outside source)

Membership-Based Organizations

American Association of Teachers of Arabic (outside source)

American Association of Teachers of French (outside source)

American Association of Teachers of German (outside source)

American Association Teachers of Italian (outside source)

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (outside source)

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (outside source)

American Classical League (outside source)

American Council of Teachers of Russian/American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study (outside source)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (outside source)

American Sign Language Teachers Association  (outside source)

Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (outside source)

Chinese Language Teachers Association (outside source)

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (outside source)

Joint National Committee for Languages & National Council for Languages and International Studies  (outside source)

National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages  (outside source)

National Foreign Language Week (outside source)

National Network for Early Language Learning (outside source)

Ñandutí: Early Foreign Language Learning (outside source)

Southwest Conference On Language Teaching  (outside source)


The following documents provide information relating to languages other than English education.

Español para el Hispanohablante (outside source)

Learning Scenarios (Multiple Languages) (outside source)

Languages Other Than English Center for Educator Development (outside source)

Preparing Language Teachers to Implement the TEKS (PDF, 297 KB) (outside source)

Professional Development for Language Teachers (PDF, 279 KB) (outside source)

Overview of the TEKS for LOTE (outside source)