How can we honor bilingualism and encourage students and educators to recognize bilingualism as an asset? The World Language Credit Program seeks to do this by awarding up to four high school credits—the equivalent of four years of classroom language study—to students who demonstrate, in a standardized test, their ability to speak, understand, read, and write a language other than English.
What effect did the World Language Credit Program have on students proficient in more than one language? Researchers from Education Northwest spoke to participants and found that the program created a positive recognition of the value of bilingualism, which increased students’ pride and their appreciation of their own strengths.
Greenberg Motamedi, J., & Jaffery, Z. (October 2014). World Language Credit Program Impact in the Road Map Project Region. Portland, OR: Education Northwest.