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San Francisco Unified School District. Source: Speaking in Tongues. Multilingualism for All. Multilingualism for All. Every one of our 55,000 students will have the opportunity to graduate with proficiency in at least two languages. The Time Is Now. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • San Francisco Unified School DistrictMultilingualism for AllSource: Speaking in Tongues

  • Multilingualism for AllEvery one of our 55,000 students will have the opportunity to graduate with proficiency in at least two languages.

  • The Time Is NowBoard Resolution and Blue Ribbon Task Force ReportDistrict Strategic Plan commitment to equity, access and 21st century learningNew Lau Action PlanCA World Language Standards

  • SFUSD Board Resolution on MultilingualismPreparing students for our world of multilingualism and multiculturalism has become an integral and indispensable part of the educational process.December 12, 2006

  • Blue Ribbon Task Force, Report to the BoardTo prepare all SFUSD students to graduate with proficiency in English and at least one other language through participation in a well-articulated Pre-K-12 world language programFebruary 28, 2008

  • Who Are SFUSD Students?52% Speak another language40% Asian23% Latino27% English Learners

  • Full Implementation by 2023Every child has the option to study a language and cultureEvery school has a language pathwayLanguage pathways are articulated Pre-K-12 with priority placements for students to continue study of the same language

  • Language Pathways

  • Immersion PathwaysLANGUAGES OFFERED Primary SecondaryCantonese 17 5Filipino 1Korean 1Mandarin 2Spanish 243DualOne WayBiliteracyNewcomer

  • World Language PathwayLANGUAGES OFFERED Primary SecondaryFrench10Italian 13Japanese 25Russian 11Mandarin 12Spanish 216Other languages offered: German, Hebrew, Korean, and LatinFLESWorld Language

  • 36 Chinese ProgramsImmersion Cantonese 5Biliteracy Cantonese 17 Dual Immersion Mandarin 2 World Language Mandarin 12

  • Seal of Biliteracy

    Language is a human endowmentLanguage and culture are inextricably connectedNo language or language variety is inherently purer, better or superior to anotherThe U.S. is and always has been a multilingual and multicultural nationMastery of two or more languages has enormous benefits to individuals, families, communities and the world

    *Board Reso 2006 BRTF 2007-2008New Supe and New Strategic plan focused on social justice and 21st century learning 2008-09Lau 1974 new Lau Action Plan submitted to DofJ in 2008New CA WL Standards - 2009*to become global citizens in a multilingual world by providing the opportunity for all students *52% of our students speak a language other than English at home, 40% of our students are Asian, 23% are Latino, and 27% are English Learners. Given the diversity of our student population, this goal of Multilingualism For All is not just ambitious it is our moral responsibility. *By end of 12th grade, if continuously enrolled, students will attain grade-level academic proficiency in English, and will have attained similar advanced level proficiency in target language (as defined by advanced level on ACTFL proficiency scale) and/or other widely accepted measures such as the LinguaFolio. Students completing the Biliteracy and Dual Language pathway will be able to pass the AP language test at a minimum of score of 4 (as available).

    *If a student begins in a FLES/World Language or English Plus pathway in Pre-K and continues to study that same language through high school, a student who began without knowledge of the language, will attain an INTERMEDIATE level of proficiency by end of 12th grade

    *Students graduating from SFUSD with advanced proficiency in the strategic languages will receive a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diplomas and will have the degree of proficiency necessary to succeed in university level courses at the 300 (third year) level or higher. To reflect our commitment to bilingualism/biliteracy for every student, the district provides a series of awards to students who complete continuous language study at the end of grades 5, 8, and 12 and who score at the target level of proficiency required, according to ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Students must also score Proficient or higher on the California Standards Test/English Language Arts. *


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