Equitable Access to World Language Education

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WAFLT Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism - Read the full statement here.

The WAFLT Board condemns the hate crimes and attacks happening nationally against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. We send our love and support to the victims and their families.

Our WAFLT Advocacy team will pay special attention to the impact on African American students and all students of color with regard to our key advocacy issues of:

  • Implementation of the 2-credit World Language high school graduation requirement

  • Earning of the Seal of Biliteracy

Resources for World Language educators:

1. The Language Educator article: "Diversifying Language Educators and Learners" by Dr. L.J. Randolph and Dr. Uju Anya

2. ACTFL publication, "Words and Actions" by Cassandra Glynn, Pamela Wesley, and Beth Wassell

3. We Teach Languages podcast with "Social Justice and Representation with L.J. Randolph


4. ACTFL YouTube Playlist: Resources for Language Educators on Race and Social Justice 


5. ACTFL's resource list for Race, Diversity, and Social Justice 

6. ASCD's resource list: Building Racial Justice and Equity

7. WEA (Washington) blog post, "My Black Timeline" by Charlotte Lartey

8. Wakelet (bookmark) collection created by Anna Ogunnaike: Antiracism Resources for WL Educators 

In June, 2020, the WAFLT Board issued this statement about our commitment to equitable access to language programs.


World Language Graduation Requirement

To learn more about the 24-Credit Graduation Requirements, visit the OSPI Graduation Requirements page.

Starting with the class of 2019 in Washington State (or 2021 in some districts that got a waiver), there is a new high school graduation requirement of 2 credits of world language for most students. World language teachers are working in their districts to encourage middle and high schools to prepare for expanding offerings of world languages to more students in more schools


The Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) requested clarification from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education about several aspects of the new 2-credit requirement. In 2017, WAFLT issued a letter to districts outlining useful information for families and students. We are currently revising the letter for 2020-2021


* Both credits may be a Personalized Pathway Requirement. Personalized Pathway Requirements are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan that may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.  http://sbe.wa.gov/GradRequirements/ClassOf2019.php/