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Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities

The essence of human interaction is language and communication. The world is full of languages. How far do you have to go from your front door to know that this is true? Think about how many more people and places you could really get to know, newspapers and books you could read, movies and TV programs you could understand, websites you could visit with another language!

The world that our students will encounter as adults will be vastly different from the one we know today. The rapid development of telecommunications will make the ability to communicate in more than one language a necessity in a global economy. Therefore it is important to prepare our students for this multilingual environment by ensuring that they are able to function in languages other than English. During the learning process, they will derive the benefits of developing insight into their own language and culture as they learn to communicate with others.

Click here to watch the Utah Dual Language Immersion video presentation.

The Utah State Board of Education is currently soliciting public comments about newly proposed World Language K-12 Core Standards.  In early January, a draft of the new standards was presented to the Board of Education’s Standards and Assessment Committee, which recommended it be distributed for public comment before a final draft is considered for adoption by the Board. These new, proficiency-based standards were requested by multiple school districts, charter schools, teachers, parents, business leaders, universities and legislators. They represent a revision of the 2009 World Language Core Standards and are a result of work done by a committee supervised by Gregg Roberts, Utah State Office of Education’s World Language Specialist. The proposed new Core Standards have already been reviewed by several interested parties.

Below is the link where you will find a copy of the proposed World Language Proficiency Based Core Standards. Those who wish to submit comments should do so via e-mail to gregg [dot] roberts [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Gregg Roberts) by April 1, 2014.

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Endorsement Information

World Language Utah Core

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA)

Dual Language Immersion

Foreign Exchange