World Languages

K-12 STANDARDS, CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

Welcome!

This website serves as a central hub for World Language educators, administrators, institutions of higher education, and other interested parties. This hub houses the repositories, communications, and recommended resources related to the implementation of the North Carolina World Languages Standard Course of Study (SCoS). World Language educators are encouraged to browse, reference, download, share, discuss, and adapt resources.

Use the links above or the drop down navigation bar in the upper right corner to access information and resources.

The shortened URL for this website is http://bit.ly/NCDPIWL

Dr. Ann Marie Gunter, World Languages Consultant (ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov or 984-236-2831)

World Languages for All

World Language study benefits all students.

The study of another language leads to:

  • higher scores on standardized tests (reading, math, SAT),

  • greater cognitive development in the areas of mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking and higher-order thinking skills,

  • a broader English vocabulary,

  • a better understanding of one’s own language and culture, and

  • enhanced career opportunities.

Download the current World Languages in North Carolina document from February 2020 with information about statewide enrollment, initiatives, programs, and other data on World Languages that is updated annually

Language Enrollment & Advocacy Data (LEAD) Documents for North Carolina

The LEAD documents below are designed to be an extension of the World Languages in NC document. For each language, enrollment data over 5 - 10 years is available, along with details about NC students' achievements with the Global Languages Endorsement (GLE), our state's Seal of Biliteracy and advanced programs like AP, IB, and CIE, as applicable. Information about teacher education is also included.

Download what you need to inform others and advocate for language programs.

Download the most recent Language Diversity brief from May 2020 with an overview of the languages other than English that are spoken in homes across the state

Download the infographic below, Benefits of Multilingualism, from the US Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) with details about how being multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural in today’s global society has benefits in four areas:

  • Cognitive

  • Economic

  • Educational

  • Sociocultural

Knowing more than one language from birth, acquiring a new language through school, or learning languages later in life can provide tangible advantages in many areas.