Welcome back to school! I want to introduce parents of SCHS Spanish students some exciting new ways that the state and the school district are recognizing students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a second language!
Nationally, students are graduating from 4 year high school programs at a level of Novice High (which means they can communicate in simple sentences but may be difficult for native speakers to understand.) At the novice high level, students often leave the classroom with the idea that they took 4 years of Spanish and can’t say anything.
In order to encourage students to stay in language classes longer and teachers to use the language more in their classroom, the state of IL became the third state in the US to offer the state seal of biliteracy! The seal is a way for students to show that they are able to use, really use, language in their careers and for personal enjoyment!
At SCHS Spanish, students can be awarded and honored 2 different ways:
For a performance at the Intermediate High level (i5 on the ACTFL AAPPL exam), students will be awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy.
For a performance at the Intermediate Low/Mid level (i1 – i4 on the ACTFL AAPPL exam) students will be awarded the State Commendation toward Biliteracy.
Please consider signing your student up for one (or both) of our proficiency exams. These honors are wonderful on college applications and resumes! The job market is wide open for bilinguals today! (And not just as language teachers although there is a critical shortage in that area as states across the nation begin to offer dual immersion programs beginning in the elementary school.)