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)

 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

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General Information

Professional Organizations and Resource Centers



Educator Effectiveness and SLOs for World Language Teachers

World Language Statutory Requirements


National Standards


Wisconsin Standards


Curriculum Guide


1994-2012 World Language Enrollment Data


2012-14 World Language Enrollment Data


World Language Requirements at Wisconsin Colleges and Universities


University Foreign Language Retroactive Credit Policies


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)




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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