Educating for Global Competence:
The Value of Multilingualism
Accountability Leadership Institute
December 10, 2013
Angelica Ramsey, Ed.D.
Yee Wan, Ed.D.
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Goal
Acknowledge and discuss the value of
multilingualism in the 21st century
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Why the Toolkit…?
• Promotes and supports
equitable access to
high quality education
for all students
• Values proficiency in
multiple languages as
asset for developing
global competence
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K-12 Foreign Language Learning
Compulsory
Starting at ages 8-9
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K-12 Foreign Language Learning
Compulsory
Starting at age 10
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K-12 Foreign Language Learning
NOT COMPULSORY
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K-12 Foreign Language Learning
How many of the 24 industrialized countries that
participated in the survey of language study require their
students to study at least one additional language?
Sweden
Iceland
Norway
Canada
Finland
Russia
United Netherland
Ireland Kingdon
Germany
Belgium Austria
France Switzerland
Italy
China
Japan
India
Singapore
Brazil
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Citizens Comfortable Conversing
in a Second Language
10%
54%
10% native born U.S.
citizens feel comfortable
conversing in a language
other than English
54% of Europeans
feel comfortable
conversing in a
second language
Source: 2010 U.S. Census
Source: European Commission, 2012
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Percentage of Schools in the U.S.
Offering Foreign Language
100%
90%
Percentage of Schools
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%
1997
2008
All Elementary
31%
25%
Public Elementary
24%
15%
All Middle Schools
75%
58%
All High Schools
91%
91%
Source: America’s Foreign Language Deficit, Forbes, 2012
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The U.S. Secretary of Education Says…
"The fact that our kids don't grow up [bilingual]
puts them at a competitive disadvantage,"
noting that it's common practice in many
other countries for students to learn at least
one other language.
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
May 29, 2013
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What is global competence?
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21st Century Student Outcomes and
Support Systems
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Global Competence
The capacity and dispositions to
understand and act on issues of
global significance.
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Investigate the World
Recognize Perspectives
Global
Competencies
Communicate Ideas
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Role of Language
in Global Competence
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Benefits of Second Language Learning
What comes to your mind?
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Academic Achievement
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Cognitive Flexibility
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Language and
Cultural Understanding
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Multiple Perspectives
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Voices from Stakeholders
Shaping Our Global Future:
The Value of Multilingualism
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Video debrief…
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Reflection…
What systems do you have in place
in your district to encourage
maintenance of all students’ home
languages and/or to motivate the
study of additional languages?
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Opportunities
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Benefits of Second Language Learning
Native English Speakers
Non-native English Speakers
Learn a second or third language
Maintain and continue developing
their primary language
Strengthen academic literacy in English
Learn English or a third language
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Multiple Paths to Multilingualism
Opportunities for schools to design language programs in their schools
Foreign Language/World Language Study Programs
TK–6
6–12
Bilingual Programs (Pre-K–6)
Foreign Language in
Elementary School (FLES)
Foreign Language
Experience (FLEX)
After school or weekend
language programs
Traditional world language
classes in middle and high
school
Two-Way Immersion Programs
K–12
Two-Way Immersion
Spanish for Native Spanish
Speakers
Vietnamese for Native
Vietnamese Speakers
Study abroad
Adapted from the World Language Plan, San Diego County Office of Education, 2012
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Seal of Biliteracy
Recognition by the California State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, county offices of education,
and districts for students who fulfill the criteria for
proficiency in one or more languages in addition to
English by high school graduation
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Pathway Awards: Elementary School
Students may earn
Bilingual Service and Participation Award or
Biliteracy Attainment Award
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Pathway Awards: Middle School
Students may earn
Pursuit of Bilingualism Award or
Biliteracy Attainment Award
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Access the Toolkit
A complete list of resources is available at:
http://mes.sccoe.org/bwlct/
home/Pages/default.aspx
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A Reflection…
From a personal perspective…
What are your reflections about the
urgency to build biliterate and multilingual
programs as part of global competence?
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A Final Reflection
From a district/school perspective…
How do biliteracy and multilingualism
impact the current reality in your school
system for all students?
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Questions
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For More Information
Yee Wan, Ed.D., Director, Multilingual Education Services
[email protected]
408-453-6825
Angelica Ramsey, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer
Educational Services Branch
[email protected]
408-453-6508
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