WHY STUDY A WORLD LANGUAGE?
"For our students to succeed in a global economy, they will need to possess a new set of skills that were not required for the success of prior generations of Americans. Regional expertise, cross-cultural competence, and advanced language proficiency are no longer skills reserved only for those who plan for a career overseas - they are skills that will enhance any career field, encourage international investment to our state, and develop a workforce that is successful in working on diverse international teams to collaborate and solve global problems. Developing international perspective and advanced language proficiency, particularly as this relates to college and career readiness, will ensure our nation's security and will support our statewide and regional economic development goals. Business leaders ... have made it clear that these skills are the fastest route to success in a global job market and that they provide a competitive advantage that moves an applicant's resume to the top of the pile."
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SEAL OF BILITERACY INFORMATION
In May 2016, the Kansas State Board of Education adopted a Seal of Biliteracy for students demonstrating proficiency in one (or more) languages, in addition to English. The seal is a certificate of accomplishment that is awarded by the state and received upon high school graduation. It recognizes a student's readiness for career, college, and for engagement as a global citizen.
By obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy, students will have a competitive edge in the job market, can use it at the university level to fulfill course requirements, and it should be proudly mentioned on resumes and job/college applications.
In order to qualify for the seal, students will need to plan to enroll in an AP world language course by their senior year and complete a validated test (such as the AP exam), which MHS offers in French, German and Spanish. There are other assessment options as well, especially for other world/home languages. Interested parents/students should contact the World Language Department Chair, Lindsy Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org), to help arrange the application process.
For more information, please see the following links below:
WHAT IS THE SEAL OF BILITERACY? - Informational Handout, Updated Jan 2019
KANSAS ADOPTS STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY - KSDE News Memo, Posted May 2016
WORLD LANGUAGES LINKS/RESOURCES
KANSAS WORLD LANGUAGE STANDARDS - adopted 2017
Click HERE to see the World Language Department Course Flow Chart
AP French Language & Culture
AP German Language & Culture
Advanced Spanish 3
AP Spanish Language & Culture
AP Spanish Literature & Culture
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