Languages in Washington State
What Languages are Spoken in Washington State?
Washington state is home to speakers of dozens of languages. Data may be
provided from OSPI Migrant and Bilingual Education.
To find out about languages other than English that are spoken in our state, visit the
Modern Language Association Language Map.
What Languages are Taught in Washington State?
For data on languages taught in K-12 schools in Washington state, visit the Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning (MELL) project at the University of Washington, which is surveying schools to learn what languages are taught where in our state. This project offers Reports.
Which districts require world language credits for high school graduation?
Beginning with the
graduation class of 2019, all Washington state public high schools require
students to graduate with a minimum of two world language credits. There are
some exceptions depending on certain student pathways for graduation.
Are kindergartens required to offer World Languages?
Washington schools that receive state funding for full-day kindergarten are
required to provide experiences in a world language other than English. For more
information and ideas for getting started, see
World Language Experiences or
download the brochure
Kindergarten World Language Experience (PDF). Or feel free
to contact the World Languages Program Supervisor
What is Dual Immersion?
A Dual Immersion program is an instructional program model that provides content-based instruction to students in two languages. The goal is for the students, over a number of years of participation in the program, to become proficient and literate in both languages, while also meeting high academic standards in all subject areas. Other terminology that you may have heard used for one of the variations of this type of program model is Dual Language, Two-way Dual Language, One-way Dual Language, Partial Immersion, Full Immersion, etc. To learn more, visit
How do I become a World Languages Teacher?
Here are some steps to guide you:
- Review the OSPI Teacher Certification page to understand the requirements.
Becoming a Washington state Educator.
- Consider whether
Alternative Route Certification
might be appropriate for you and your language.
- Review the
World Language Endorsement Competencies – what you’ll need to know and be able to do to earn your World Language Endorsement.
- Review the Teacher Assessments required for
I am already a certificated teacher in Washington State. How can I earn a P-12 Designated World Language Endorsement?
If you are already certificated, then the process is much shorter. Here are some steps to guide you:
- Review the information on
Adding an Endorsement to determine
what applies to you.
- Submit an application.
What are the World Language Standards, EALRs, and GLEs?
OSPI has adopted Learning Standards for World Languages. These standards are intended to provide general guidance for districts as they develop their world language programs. The state has not defined Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) or Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) for World Languages.
Are there any State Tests in World Languages?
There are no required state tests for students in World Languages. Schools and districts may choose to make use of a variety of World Language Assessments.
Can students earn high school credits for a language that they learned outside of school?
Quite likely. Visit Competency-Based Credits to learn more.