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The study of World Languages provides students with a comprehensive education and the worldwide perspective necessary to become global citizens. Research shows that language learning supports academic achievement, provides cognitive benefits, and affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures. Below are the class offerings in our district’s elementary, middle and high schools. It is recommended that students take a minimum of three to four years of uninterrupted study of one of the languages offered in order to:

  • increase proficiency in the language
  • ensure that they are eligible to apply to the college of their choice and be prepared for college language
    study
  • fulfill college entrance and exit requirements (for some colleges)
  • achieve greater personal satisfaction

Students are also invited to study more than one language.

Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and Certificates

To achieve a Bilingual/Multilingual Seal, students must satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits and demonstrate proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education. State-approved assessments are:

  • the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
  • standards-based Measurement of Proficiency Assessments (STAMP) Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish

The assessment(s) are an online test of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The AAPPL Measure and STAMP Assessments will take place from March 12 – 22, 2018.

Note: Final Registration through ParentVue/FeePay will be available on December 15, 2017 and will close on January 31, 2018.

Apple Valley High School – March 13, 2018 – Pre-register.
Contacts: David Swanson or Tracy Cavalli

Eagan High School – March 12, 2018 – Pre-register.
Contacts: Janelle Graham or Dena Thorson

Eastview High School – March 22, 2018 – Pre-register.
Contacts: Elizabeth Perona or Kris Valdivia

Rosemount High School – March 16, 2018 – Pre-register.
Contacts: Jennifer Boldus or Heather Nyseth

Eagan High School – Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Pre-register.
Contact: Michelle DeMers

School of Environmental Studies – March 20, 2018 – Pre-register.
Contact: Stephanie Steinbron

Cultural Family Advocates – Milca.Dominguez@district196.org or Alix.Chance@district196.org

At this time the assessments are open to grade 12 students, (see recommended criteria) interested in earning the World Language Certificate or Bilingual/Multilingual Seal. To register for the AAPPL Measure or STAMP in January 2018, please complete the online registration and submit payment online using ParentVue/FeePay.

World Languages in District 196

FAQs

What does proficiency mean?

According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), proficiency is described as what one can do with language in real-world situations in a spontaneous and unrehearsed context in the four modalities of reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Within each modality, proficiency is classified within the continuum of novice, intermediate, advanced, superior and distinguished. These ranges are further divided by low, mid, and high levels. Proficiency takes time and progress varies from individual to individual. This inverted pyramid shows how time and experiences are needed to advance into higher levels of proficiency.

World Language Rating Scale from ACTFL

An individual may perform in various ranges of proficiency in distinct modalities but must demonstrate consistency across all modalities to receive specific classifications. For example, one may demonstrate a proficiency of Intermediate-Mid in reading and listening and Intermediate-Low in speaking in writing. In this case, the individual would be considered at an Intermediate–Low proficiency.

The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Levels in the Workplace chart shows the connection between time, experiences, and different levels of oral proficiency. With more advanced proficiency, speakers can perform more complex language functions and have more potential career opportunities.

Oral proficiency levels in the workplace

How will the State of Minnesota recognize students’ proficiency achievement?

Students who achieve the intermediate low level of proficiency in the four modalities (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will earn a Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate, which will be noted on their transcript.

Students who achieve the intermediate high level of proficiency in the four modalities in one language will earn the Minnesota Bilingual Gold Seal on their high school transcript. Students who reach the intermediate high level of proficiency in the four modalities in two languages will earn the Minnesota Multilingual Gold Seal on their high school transcript.

Students who reach the advanced low level of proficiency in the four modalities in one language will earn the Minnesota Bilingual Platinum Seal on their high school diploma. Students who reach the advanced low level of proficiency in the four modalities in two languages will earn a notation on the Minnesota Multilingual Platinum Seal on their high school transcript.

How will students' proficiency be assessed?

In District 196 students must be enrolled in grade 12 when being assessed for a seal.
The chart below shows which scores are needed on an ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency (AAPPL) and Avant STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP 4S) that correlates to the ACTFL levels needed for each level of recognition:

World Language Proficiency Assessment Chart

 

 

 

 

 

View a demo of the AAPPL Measure (students should choose Form B for the demo) and the STAMP.

How will students know if they are ready for a proficiency test? How do students decide what levels to take?

It takes a long time to develop proficiency in a language. The time it takes to reach each level varies from individual to individual. There are many different factors that play a role in developing language proficiency such as where, how, when, and why a person learns a language.

ACTFL has outlined who is likely to function at various oral proficiency levels in this chart.

World Language Awarded Credits

How will students know if they are ready for a proficiency test? How do students decide what levels to take?

It takes a long time to develop proficiency in a language. The time it takes to reach each level varies from individual to individual. There are many different factors that play a role in developing language proficiency such as where, how, when, and why a person learns a language.

ACTFL has outlined who is likely to function at various oral proficiency levels in this chart.

World Language Awarded Credits

If a student is a native speaker or proficient in a language other than English, can that student get a certificate or seal in his/her native language?

If a student is a native speaker or proficient in a language other than English, can that student get a certificate or seal in his/her native language?

Yes, if:

  • The student satisfactorily completes all required English Language Arts credits (seal only)
  • The student demonstrates proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education (click here for a list of approved assessments)
  • The student is in grade 12
  • Language proficiency testing is available
  • Language proficiency testing is currently available for the languages of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with area language schools and community experts are available to develop language proficiency assessments for languages in which no state-approved language proficiency assessment is available.

For additional information, please contact Amy Denneson

If a student is a native speaker or proficient in a language other than English, can that student get a certificate or seal in his/her native language?

If a student is a native speaker or proficient in a language other than English, can that student get a certificate or seal in his/her native language?

Yes, if:

  • The student satisfactorily completes all required English Language Arts credits (seal only)
  • The student demonstrates proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education (click here for a list of approved assessments)
  • The student is in grade 12
  • Language proficiency testing is available
  • Language proficiency testing is currently available for the languages of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with area language schools and community experts are available to develop language proficiency assessments for languages in which no state-approved language proficiency assessment is available.

For additional information, please contact Amy Denneson

Is there a cost for the assessment, the Certificate, or the Seal?

Currently, families are responsible for the cost of the assessments. AP Language & Culture assessments cost $65. The AAPPL Measure approximately $40. Payments can be submitted through Parent Vue/Fee Pay. Scholarships based on financial need may be available at the high school. There will be no additional charge to have a Seal noted in the high school transcript. STAMP costs approximately $25.

Are there other requirements for students?

In accordance with Minnesota Statute 120B.022, students must also “satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits” to “demonstrate mastery of Minnesota’s English language proficiency standards” in order to receive a Seal (Intermediate High and Advanced Low levels).

What kind of documentation do students receive for the World Language Proficiency Certificate or the Bilingual/Multilingual Seal?

All students will receive a letter with the test results from District 196.

Students who earn the World Language Proficiency Certificate or the Bilingual/Multilingual Seal will have a notation entered on their transcript and will receive the Certificate or Seal created by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Can students receive college credit for their World Language Proficiency Certificate or Bilingual/Multilingual Seals?

Yes. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) award college credit for World Language Proficiency Certificates and Bilingual/Multilingual Seals, as stated in a report compiled in February 2015. Please see the chart below for the number of credit equivalencies:

World Language Awarded Credits

 

 

 

* Colleges outside the MnSCU system will use their own guidelines to evaluate a student’s language proficiency.

What resources are available for bilingual and multilingual seals and certificates?

Resources for Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and certificates include the following:

What is MnSCU?

MnSCU is the Minnesota statewide system of 31 colleges and universities. They are located in 47 communities offering over 5,400 educational programs statewide. For the list of MnSCU colleges and universities, please click here.
*Note: The University of Minnesota is not a MnSCU school. The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota has their own policies and protocol for awarding credit.

How can students receive college credit from a MnSCU college or university?

Minnesota legislation states that a student must be enrolled in a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) institution and must request college credits for the seal or proficiency certificate within three academic years after graduating from high school. Students should consult with their adviser at a college. Students’ high school transcript will serve as a proof of their proficiency attainment.

Additional information from the Minnesota Department of Education is available in its FAQ document and its World Language web page.