Learning to communicate in languages of the world helps students in
Washington become global citizens, ready for life in the interconnected world of
the 21st century.
Washington state has adopted the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century as our World Languages
K-12 Learning Standards.
Schools in Washington state are using a variety of assessments to measure students’ developing language proficiency.
Students in Washington may be able to earn high school credits for a world language that they know based on demonstrating proficiency in the language.
Students in these programs receive content-based instruction in two languages in order to become proficient and literate in both languages, while also meeting high academic standards in all subject areas.
Washington schools that receive state funding for full day kindergarten are required to provide experiences in a world language other than English.
Governor Jay Inslee signed the State Seal of Biliteracy bill into law on March 27, 2014 in Olympia, WA.
What languages are taught in Washington? How can I become a world language teacher? Find answers to these and other questions.
Find out about current laws and regulations regarding world languages.
Link to national and state language associations, centers, and organizations, as well as information about grant funding for languages.
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