Wisconsin Standards for World Languages (2019)
The 2019 Wisconsin Standards for World Languages were adopted by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on June 3, 2019. These standards were the result of a transparent and comprehensive process for review and revision of academic standards by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. A writing committee of Wisconsin language teachers and teacher educators collaborated to revise the standards which were recommended for adoption by the State Superintendent's Standards Review Council. Resources to support professional learning and instructional planning for standards- and proficiency-based language programs will be posted at https://dpi.wi.gov/world-language/standards.
Wisconsin Language Roadmap Report
The Wisconsin Language Roadmap Report provides a vision and recommendations for building a world-ready Wisconsin through effective and sustained language, intercultural and global learning. The Roadmap Report can guide local world language program strategic planning, development and evaluation. Cross-sector partnerships at the local, regional and state-level are encouraged to build the systems of support required for all students to have access to the benefits of world language learning. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to take collective action to improve students’ college, career, and community readiness through language learning.
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 https://dpi.wi.gov/international-education.
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