World Languages Education

 

If we start training for sports at a young age, why not do the same with languages? Can you imagine if a high school quarterback had to start freshman year? It doesn’t make any sense.

                                                                                Student participant in Wisconsin’s First Global Youth Summit (2013)

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Wisconsin State Statutes require access to world language education beginning in grade 7. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction strongly recommends beginning regular world language instruction as early as possible in the elementary grades. Instruction should be in the target language 90% of the time (ACTFL Recommendations) with a curriculum based on Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Learning World Languages.

World language teaching and learning strengthens literacy skills through building the capacity to speak, listen, write and read in another language. The close alignment of World Language Standards and Common Core Standards provides a strong platform for including world language teachers in curriculum planning for other subject areas.

World language education is a strong component of international/global education. The new Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate requires a sequence of four years of learning a world language at a minimum. Strategies and initiatives in support of world language education programs are grounded in the larger effort to strengthen global education in Wisconsin’s schools. For more information on global education, see http://cal.dpi.wi.gov/cal_interntled.

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General Information

Professional Organizations and Resource Centers

 

Resources

World Language Statutory Requirements

 

National Standards

 

Wisconsin Standards

 

Curriculum Guide

 

1994-2012 World Language Enrollment Date

 

2012-13 World Language Enrollment Data

 

World Language Requirements at Wisconsin Colleges and Universities

 

University Foreign Language Retroactive Credit Policies

 

Educator Effectiveness

 

World Languages, Common Core Standards and Disciplinary Literacy

 

Pathways to Licensure

 

Adding a License

Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT)

 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

 

ACTFL Research and Resources

 

National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL)

 

National Council of State Supervisors for Languages

 

Foreign Language Resource Centers

 

National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)

 

Assessment:

 

World Language Teacher Effectiveness: The TELL Project

 

Alignment WL and Common Core Standards (ACTFL)

 

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines

 

For questions about this information, contact Gerhard Fischer (608) 267-9265
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