ARCS is proud to announce that we received funds from The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Migrant/Bilingual Department to continue our program started in 2020, in partnership with Wenatchee Public Schools, in WA State. We will develop a year-long remote-learning program for Heritage Language speakers of Romanian, together with Russian and Spanish speaking instructors, students and communiy representatives.
The project-based curriculum will integrate content and functional language (such as writing or presenting summaries, narratives, descriptions, etc.) through synchronous interactive classes through Zoom and with online videos. Engaging, culturally and developmentally appropriate activities will be offered in a flexible way so that students’ learning experiences are personalized to their needs and interests. Over the year, the students would be developing evidence (in the Heritage Language) for their Global Competence Certificate in the areas of Global Learning, International Engagement, and Language and Intercultural Learning. Resources from this program will be open to teachers, schools, students, and families throughout the state and adaptable to other languages and cultures.
The project will support the students to develop their language proficiency and literacy in their Heritage Language culminating in ALTA testing, while also preparing a portfolio for the Global Competence Certificate in the Heritage Language (and English too, if they like) through the World Affairs Council in Seattle.
Upon completion of the program, students will also have the opportunity to complete World Language Competency-Based Credit testing to earn high school credits in their language and potentially qualify for the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy. They may also qualify for the Global Seal of Biliteracy https://theglobalseal.com/.
The grant will also fund a series of workshops for teachers throughout the state to learn more about effective Heritage Language teaching practices.
To receive our email announcements please fill in this contact form. Or contact:
- Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, Grant Project Manager
- Dr. Otilia Baraboi, Romanian Program Lead Instructor
- Ryan Hauck, Education Director, World Affairs Council
View our presentation at the WAFLT 2020 Virtual Conference.
Click on the links bellow to register:
1) Thursday, December 16 at 7PM
Come learn more about the new Heritage Language Grant for the Global Competence Certificate for Heritage Speakers.
Year-long remote-learning program for students to earn the Global Competence Certificate for Heritage Speakers and the Global Seal of Biliteracy.
Public high school heritage speakers of Romanian. The students need to have intermediate knowledge of Romanian.
The program will run through the school year, beginning mid-January.
The program is free for qualified public high school students, but space is very limited.
To receive our email announcements please fill in this contact form. To access this information in Romanian go here.
Q: Who can register for this program?
A: Because of the state grant funding through OSPI Migrant/Bilingual, this program is only open to students attending public high schools in Washington state.
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: The cost of the program is funded by the state grant, so there are no registration fees required of students and their families.
Q: When does the program begin?
A: We are planning to recruit students during December and expect to begin the program mid-January.
For more details about the program please go here.
Slavic East European Teachers Association of Washington
Washington Association for Language Teaching
Washington State Coalition for International Education