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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.

Program Type


Program Format

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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.
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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!

Career Opportunities

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
  • Biliteracy
  • 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
  • Advocacy

In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to work with World Language students in multiple and diverse field placements.

Program Requirements


Tatiana Joseph, Assistant Professor in Teaching and Learning.
  • Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning
  • Program Director, English as a Second Language Education
  • Program Director, World Language Education