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The Seal of Biliteracy


The seal of biliteracy is one of the best things that have happened to promote the cause of world language study in the U.S. schools. It is displayed on a student’s diploma or school record upon graduation from high school, and it is awarded to students who can demonstrate proficiency in English and another language.

Originally designed to recognize students whose native language is not English, it is proof that a student has maintained or improved his or her native language skills while mastering English.

It is now also available to English-speaking students who can demonstrated proficiency in another language. In the U.S. where language requirements are abysmally low compared to those of other countries, it indicates legitimacy and support by the state for the importance of knowing other languages.

For the individual student, the seal shows colleges and possible employers that he or she is prepared to interact effectively in our multilingual world.

Over 20 states have approved use of these seals, and more are considering them. Each state has its own guidelines for obtaining the seal. The following article will show you which states currently offer the seal to their students.