Spencerport students recognized for biliteracy skills

By on July 8, 2019
Students who earned the New York State Seal of Biliteracy were recognized during a World Languages Ceremony.

Students who earned the New York State Seal of Biliteracy were recognized during a World Languages Ceremony.

Forty-one students from the Spencerport High School Class of 2019 were being recognized with the New York State Seal of Biliteracy on their graduation diplomas. This designation means that students attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. 

The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages, identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, and provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission. To earn the seal, students must meet criteria set by the state and district to prove language proficiency at the intermediate high level or above, as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The students provided evidence to demonstrate their ability to read, write, speak and listen in two languages and gave a presentation in their world language in front of multiple evaluators who then interviewed them in the language. It was an opportunity to show their skills in a language other than English.

The Seal of Biliteracy also allows students to recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction, and affirm the value of diversity in a multi-lingual society. Proficiency in multiple languages is critical in enabling individuals to participate effectively in a global political, social, and economic context, and in expanding trade with other countries. In addition to being proficient in more than one language, bilingual people gain cultural insight and are compassionate and empathetic as they consider the cultural nuances of others’ perspectives. 

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Students who earned the New York State Seal of Biliteracy were recognized during a World Languages Ceremony.

Students who earned the New York State Seal of Biliteracy were recognized during a World Languages Ceremony.