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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the study of world languages required at the elementary level in grades K-8?

Yes. N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.1 specifies expectations in nine content areas including world languages.

What is the required instructional time in Grades K-8?

Recommended instructional time allocations may be found in the 2009 standards document and are based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners and the results of a New Jersey three-year FLAP grant project. The need to provide appropriate time allocations to enable students to achieve the standards is underscored in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1.

What are the current high school graduation requirements for world languages?

According to administrative code 6A:8-5.1(a)1i(7), students may fulfill the state minimum five-credit high school graduation requirement for world languages through a seat-time instructional program or by successfully completing a proficiency/competency-based exit test. The department offers guidelines on selecting proficiency assessments that may be used by districts. Further, N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(b)4 directs districts to actively encourage all students who otherwise meet the current-year requirements for high school graduation to accrue, during each year of enrollment, five credits in world languages aimed at preparation for entrance into postsecondary programs or 21st-century careers. Opportunities to develop higher levels of proficiency should be based on personal and career interests and should be encouraged in Personalized Student Learning Plans.

For additional information, contact Cheri Quinlan at 609-777-1478.