§ 4.25. Languages.

 (a)  World language programs must prepare students to be proficient in meeting the World Language Standards issued by the Department and available on its web site. Every school district shall provide planned instruction in at least two languages in addition to English, at least one of which shall be a modern language, and at least one of which shall be offered in a minimum 4-year sequence in the secondary program (middle level and high school).

 (b)  World language planned instruction under subsection (a) may be offered beginning at any grade level, including the elementary grades.

 (c)  World Language Standards issued by the Department will address the ability of students to communicate in a language other than English, including the ability to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics and to develop knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

 (d)  As used in this section, the term ‘‘world language’’ means the study of the language, cultures, traditions and histories of different communities of people who communicate in languages other than English. American sign language is a world language.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  4.25 amended under the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. 26-2603-B).

Source

   The provisions of this §  4.25 amended February 15, 2008, effective February 16, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 872. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (304974).

Cross References

   This section cited in 22 Pa. Code §  4.23 (relating to high school education).



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