The abbreviation "MLA" most often stands for "Modern Language Association." Founded in 1883, the MLA describes itself as an organization that provides its members the opportunity to share and exchange scholarly findings and education-related experiences with their colleagues and peers.
The MLA is committed to serving the unique needs of English and foreign language teachers at different types of schools. These include middle and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education. The MLA is active in over 100 countries with approximately 30,000 members. The organization conducts an annual convention, which brings together its members from around the world.