World Language Requirements


Wisconsin Global Scholars are expected to communicate in at least one language other than English. Four years of language study (4 credits) are considered the minimal learning sequence to reach that goal. Therefore, the required four credits need to be earned in one language. Combinations of two languages, two years of Spanish plus two years of French, for example, are not acceptable.


Schools applying for the Global Education Achievement Certificate Program must offer a high school sequence (four years) of world language classes taught by a licensed teacher. Distance and online learning options may be accepted for program approval for a fourth year of world language learning should a school not be able to offer this opportunity in-house. 


The best possible requirement would be a proficency based measure instead of awarding credit for seat time. Future discussions and possible changes to the requirements for the Global Education Achievement Certificate will revolve around specific proficiency levels that can be reasonably expected of high school graduates.