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Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and Certificates

Eagan High School Spanish teacher Jose Martinez works with a student.

Learning through the exploration of culture and language 

The study of world languages provides students with a comprehensive education and the worldwide perspective necessary to become global citizens. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, language learning supports academic achievement, provides cognitive benefits and affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures. 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 they are eligible to apply to the college of their choice and are prepared for college-level language study, and
  • Fulfill college entrance and exit requirements (some colleges).

Students are invited and encouraged to study more than one language.

Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Certificates

Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Certificates are provided to high school graduates who demonstrate the required levels of language proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening for languages other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian (indigenous) languages in grades 10, 11 and 12, regardless of how the language was learned. (Bilingual and multilingual seals are awarded upon graduation. World language proficiency certificates can be awarded when students meet proficiency requirements.)
To achieve a seal, students must satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits and demonstrate proficiency in another language through language proficiency assessments approved by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). To achieve a certificate, students must demonstrate proficiency in another language through language proficiency assessments approved by MDE. The assessments are an online test of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The state-approved assessments are:
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Arabic, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai, and 
  • Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency Assessments (STAMP) Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish.
  • Contact Michelle DeMers, Assessment Coordinator, at 651-423-7856 if interested in the following tests: Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Czech, Dakota/Lakota, Ojibwe, Hmong, Karen, Vietnamese or Tamil. 

Testing dates and locations for the 2021-22 school year are:

Registration will be available November 11, 2021 – March 1, 2022.

At this time the assessments are open to grade 12 students interested in earning the world language certificate or bilingual/multilingual seal.  To register for the test(s) please complete the online registration survey 2021-22 Bilingual Test Registration.

World languages in District 196

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