News

Illinois Says Oui, Ja, and Si to Multiliteracy

Illinois students who have mastered more than one language can qualify for a Seal of Biliteracy to be affixed to their diplomas.

The state is joining New York and California in implementing this program which, Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman Mary Fergus says, recognizes proficiency which is probably beyond what four years of high school foreign language will cover.

“It’s the intermediate / high level, according to the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages,” Fergus says. “You can speak, write, listen, and read that intermediate / high level in another language.”

As the word “biliteracy” suggests, we’re talking about a language in addition to – not instead of – English. Figures indicate Illinois K-12 students represent 160 languages, with ten percent of the student body speaking a language other than English as their native language.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Crash Kills Girl, 17

police_lights

Springfield teen dies after Riverton crash

in Local

Madigan Files Pension Appeal

state_capitol_3

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed official notice with the Supreme Court that the state will appeal a ruling that Illinois' landmark pension overhaul is unconstitutional.

in Local

Chicago Couple Sues Aviation Company Over Crash

local_news_generic

A Chicago couple is suing the owner of a small cargo plane that crashed into their home.

in Local

$4.5 Million Headed To Illinois Food Banks; Springfield Included

foodbank

The state is giving nearly $4.5 million to eight food banks across Illinois for modernization.