The PK-12 World Language Minor program is for individuals who have a current Wisconsin teacher certification or are in the process of completing a teacher certification program and want to add an additional certification in PK-12 World Language Education in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish.
A World Language Minor Will Provide You With
- Strategies and methods to support the target language growth of ALL of your students.
- The tools necessary to modify/adapt your lessons and activities to ensure that ALL students can participate.
- An opportunity to develop/strengthen cultural competence to help you understand and support ALL of your students.
- Tools and resources to become an advocate for World Language Education.
Who Is a PK-12 World Language Teacher?
- A World Language teacher is a trained individual (who is fluent in the target language and culture) who can bring the world into a classroom!
- World Language teachers plan for classroom environments that provide students the opportunity to develop proficiency and love, appreciation and fluency for languages and cultures.
- A World Language teacher works with students of all ages to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English in the target language.
- As a World Language teacher, you will join a network of teachers who are committed to global citizenship.
Why PK-12 World Language Certification?
Learning a World Language can help students to:
- Create positive attitudes and develop less prejudice towards cultures and communities who are different from them.
- Become globally minded individuals who can understand and actively engage with the world.
- Develop fluency in another language and culture.
- Improve cognitive functions.
As a World Language teacher, you will have an opportunity to influence our communities to become more globally minded, multilingual and multicultural!
This teacher certification allows program completers to work as a PK-12 World Language teacher.
In this program, candidates will explore the following topics:
- Linguistics and Grammar
- Theories of language acquisition
- Politics of language acquisition
- Teaching strategies to support reading, writing, speaking and listening in the target language
- The inclusion of culture as the basis for language acquisition
- Teaching methods to encourage oral proficiency in the target language
In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to work with World Language students in multiple and diverse field placements.