World Languages

The study of world languages prepares students to be linguistically and culturally competent and to communicate, work and collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds at home and abroad. Speaking the language of others is essential for understanding their culture, and perspectives and for the global competency students need to be prepared for life and work in the 21st century.  The Minnesota Department of Education supports world language achievement for all learners by providing guidance and technical assistance on implementation of academic standards, current literacy best practices, multi-tiered systems of intervention, and world language policy administration.

Standards and Assessment 
Minnesota world language standards are locally developed but must be based on the most recent ACTFL world language standards. The Minnesota Department of Education provides a model that districts can use to develop local world language standards. School districts must use a locally selected assessment to determine if students have achieved standards in world languages.

Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates

Minnesota districts and charter schools may award Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates to high school students who demonstrate the required levels of language proficiency on languages other than English including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian (indigenous) languages.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) will award college credit to students who receive bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates in grades 10, 11, and 12. Students enrolling in a MnSCU institution must request college credit within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in a MnSCU college or university.