World Language

In today’s global community, competence in more than one language is an essential part of communication and cultural understanding. Study of another language not only provides individuals with the ability to express thoughts and ideas for their own purposes but also provides them with access to perspectives and knowledge that is only available through the language and culture. The proficiencies acquired through the study of languages and literatures endow language learners with cognitive, analytical, and communication skills that carry over into many other areas of their academic studies.” - College Board.

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

The Department of World Language recognizes that the United States of America is part of the international community of nations. To coexist in harmony and in a way that promotes global economic well being, we must all be able to communicate with each other and to understand one another on an ongoing basis, which requires an understanding of and an appreciation for other cultures. To this end, the World Language faculty is dedicated to helping students gain proficiency in both the written and the spoken (when applicable) language and become aware and tolerant of cultural differences.

Seal of Biliteracy Program

Lake Forest High School students will have the opportunity to be recognized by the state of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one additional language. The Illinois State Board of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy program will place an official seal on diplomas and confer official recognition on transcripts of those students who qualify. 

Two honors are available: the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation Toward Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendation of Biliteracy is awarded to students whose proficiency level is rated at Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid in a second language.

To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:

  • Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT OR
  • Earn a “meets” or “exceeds” in ELA on an official administration of the SAT, OR
  • Earn a final ELA GPA of 3.0 or above with college credit, OR
  • Score a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam, OR
  • Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
  • Have earned a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement language exam, OR
  • Earn a minimum score of I-5 on all components of ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam.

To qualify for the Commendation of Biliteracy, seniors must:

  • Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT OR
    Earn a “meets” or “exceeds” in ELA on an official administration of the SAT, OR
  • Earn a final ELA GPA of 2.5 or above with college credit, OR
  • Score a 4 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam, OR
  • Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam, AND
  • Have earned a 3 on the Advanced Placement language exam, OR
  • Earn a minimum score of I-1 on all components of ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam.

Additionally, students of Latin may qualify for a Seal of Biliteracy by showing English proficiency through qualifying English proficiency scores (see above) and by earning a minimum score of I-5 on ACTFL’s Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA). A qualifying English proficiency score and an ALIRA score of I-1 will earn a Commendation Toward Biliteracy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Director of World Languages: Rachel Abel: (847)582-7338,  rabel@lfschools.net.

Why is the State Seal of Biliteracy valuable?

Benefits of this recognition include, but are not limited to:

  • Distinguishing one’s resume and college application
  • Sharing one’s proficiency level for scholarship & career opportunities
  • Earning college credit; Illinois law requires state schools to award credit
  • evaluating one’s proficiency level in order to set advanced language goals

Which languages are approved for 2020-2021?

The languages with the option for this recognition are based on the availability of assessments currently approved by the Illinois State Board of Education: Arabic*, French, German*, Hebrew*, Hindi*, Italian*, Japanese*, Korean*, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Polish*, Portuguese*, Russian*, Spanish, and Thai*

*These languages will be tested on a weekend in April; date and time TBD.

Students currently enrolled in French 5, AP French, AP Latin, AP Chinese, Dual credit Spanish 5, and AP Spanish will be tested. Most administration of the exams will be remote and may occur outside of the scheduled school day.  All schedule details will be shared by your student’s teacher.

World Language Proficiency Testing Options at LFHS

LFHS World Language Options