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Recognition of Bilingual Ability 

Masako
Masako
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1/25/2022
Hello. What does your school do to recognize your students' bilingual and biliteracy ability? Is there any positive effect of this recognition at school, on your students, such as an increase of learning motivation, better attendance and so on?
edited by Masako Douglas on 1/26/2022
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angela
angela
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3/4/2022
Hello. The Bulgarian School of Seattle I represent is a partner school of ABSA-The Association of Bulgarian Schools in America. ABSA is providing ALTA testing to recognize students' language proficiency. It measures the most critical piece, productive skills of speaking and writing. In our research of many other tests, ALTA is the only one being offered to test Bulgarian language proficiency. The productive score (Speaking and Writing) is at the level of the Seal (Intermediate-High). Based on their belief in access and equity for the less common languages like Bulgarian, the Global Seal (and some states) are able to use the productive test scores as proxy for the much more costly receptive skills to test. This has been recognized as a HUGE learning motivation to our students!!
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Masako
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4/14/2022
An example of how learning at CBHL schools help students access to scholarship and other opportunities
ACTFL program, 2022 Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship Program, provides merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are committed to pursuing the language teaching profession in languages other than English. Scholars are awarded $1,500 per academic year (renewable for a cumulative total of up to $6,000 per recipient), as well as ACTFL membership during their participation in the program and for one year following graduation. One of the eligibility requirements to apply is that students have taken at least two years of the same language in high school, or present documentation of proficiency results from an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency (AAPPL), or any comparable assessment.
High school students at CBHL schools mostly have learned their heritage languages since Kindergarten, so they satisfy the eligibility requirement. If they have a credential such as the Global Seal of Biliteracy (GSB) at CBHL high school, they can easily present their proficiency level in their application. As this ACTFL scholarship eligibility requirement appears to be a good example, GSB provides access to apply for a scholarship, to earn advanced placement at colleges, and to many other opportunities.
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Masako
Masako
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4/25/2022
Colleges that recognize the Global Seal of Biliteracy and the State Seal of Biliteracy
The number of colleges that recognize the Global Seal of Biliteracy and the State Seal of Biliteracy has been increasing every year. Information about the colleges that recognize these credentials for advanced placement is listed here.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DUDMMU1jXgG8EsEp6KqJdSJrPU1ut3Ba/view?usp=sharing
edited by Masako on 4/27/2022
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