Justin Fisk, Director of World Languages and ELL
847-415-4701 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Lima, Assistant to the Director
847-415-4700 / email@example.com
World Languages/ELL Faculty and Staff Directory
Division of World Languages and ELL Mission Statement
We believe that language is fundamental to the human experience. In an increasingly global and diverse society, learning other languages is an imperative part of every young person's development academically, socially and civically.
The mission of our division, then, is to facilitate students' acquisition of another language. We strive to develop their mastery of the four essential skills of communication --reading, writing, speaking and listening--while providing them the opportunity to explore and appreciate another culture's music, art, literature and history.
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
We will strive to provide students with a positive language learning experience with our commitment to the various facets of curriculum, instruction and assessment. We will continually incorporate the essential components of language acquisition- listening, reading, speaking, and writing-in a manner that both builds upon and strengthens the students’ skills throughout their language experience.
We will infuse a variety of learning opportunities that are aligned to specific and measurable learning targets and demonstrate best practices. Technology will complement our instruction both for its academic relevance and its crucial role in our ever-evolving digital world.
We will continue to develop and implement authentic communicative and cultural experiences and create an atmosphere that promotes social-emotional learning.
Equity and Access
We believe in providing all students the opportunity to experience a world language in an environment that nurtures and respects all learners as individuals.
As a division, we will hold students to high expectations and commit to providing the tools for all students to be successful regardless of individual learning needs, interests, and cultural differences.
Working within a Professional Learning Community (PLC)
As members of a professional learning community, we will constantly strive to collaborate and learn from one another while respecting the strengths and contributions of each team member.
Trust, respect, and open dialogue will be essential components of our collaborative environment as means to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students.
Culture for Learning
We are passionate, invested, and accountable. We believe that a professional learning community should provide the opportunity for life-long learning through the creation of a safe and supportive environment in which all members are challenged with high but realistic expectations.
As teacher leaders at the forefront of our field, we will exemplify commitment to life-long learning and professional development.
For course descriptions from all academic divisions, visit our Course Book page.
Click on the course description to see course goals and learning targets:
|Course Name||Course Description|
|French 2 Accelerated||FRE211/212|
|French 3 Accelerated||FRE311/312|
|Course Name||Course Descriptions|
|German 2 Accelerated||GRE211/212|
|German 3 Accelerated||GRE311/312|
|Course Name||Course Descriptions|
|Hebrew 2 Accelerated||HBR211/212|
|Hebrew 4 Accelerated||HBR411/412|
|Course Name||Course Description|
|Course Name||Course Description|
|Chinese 2 Accelerated||CHI211/212|
|Chinese 3 Accelerated||CHI311/312|
|Chinese 4 Accelerated||CHI411/412|
|Course Name||Course Description|
|Spanish 2 Accelerated||SPA211/212|
|Spanish 3-4 Accelerated||SPA311/312|
|Spanish 5 Honors: AP Spanish Language and Culture||SPA601/602|
|Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture||SPA511/512|
|Spanish 6 Honors: AP Spanish Literature and Culture||SPA611/612|
|Beginning Language Arts||ELL161/162|
|Intermediate Language Arts||ELL261/262|
|Advanced Language Arts||ELL361/362|
|ELL World History||ELL761/762|
|ELL U.S. History||ELL861/862|
Revised 2020-21 Biliteracy Exam Dates
- Fall - Week of Oct. 19 - 23, 2020 via Parent Proctoring
- Spring - Week of February 16 - 19, 2021 via Parent Proctoring
AAPPL or ALIRA PAYMENT and PROCTOR AGREEMENT
Students testing via AAPPL or ALIRA, no longer need to complete the Pre-registration Form below. Please visit the RevTrak page to have a parent/guardian complete the Proctor Agreement and payment.
UPDATE FOR Avant STAMP 4S - Hebrew and Polish Testing
Students planning to test in Hebrew or Polish must continue to use the Pre-Registration Form. As per Avant protocol, the exam must be administered in a proctored environment by an authorized representative of the school. The proctored environment will be through a series of scheduled Zoom sessions. More details forthcoming. Goal completion targeted for the week of Oct. 5.
Students are responsible for ensuring readiness to complete an Avant language proficiency test. Please visit the Test Taker's Checklist page at least one week before testing for specific information. Thank you for your patience as we work out the details.
Questions should be directed to Sylvia Lima at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-415-4700.
To register and pay for the AAPPL, ALIRA, or STAMP exams, please email Sylvia Lima at email@example.com or see her in the World Languages Office (Room 2434).
For more information, visit the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy program website.
Click here for Seal of Biliteracy FAQs
What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
Illinois public universities and community colleges accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to two years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student's high school transcript indicates that he or she received the State Seal of Biliteracy.
As a result, current Stevenson students have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one or more additional language(s). The Illinois State Board of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy program will place an official seal on diplomas and confer official recognition on transcripts of those students who qualify.
Stevenson is proud to offer the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy, which aims to promote mastery in multiple languages. In addition to demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English, a student also must demonstrate proficiency in English in order to qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy.
The purposes of the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy are:
(1) To encourage pupils to study languages.
(2) To certify attainment of biliteracy.
(3) To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language biliteracy skills.
(4) To provide universities an additional method to recognize applicants seeking admission.
(5) To prepare pupils with 21st Century skills.
(6) To recognize the value of foreign language and native language instruction in public schools.
(7) To strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages of a community.
Why is the Seal of Biliteracy Important?
Stevenson hopes it will inspire students to pursue biliteracy, recognize students who excel in language skills, and provide evidence of these achievements to future employers and college admissions offices. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and college, and for engagement as a global citizen. In addition, by law, Illinois public universities must grant college credit for students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy.
“Language skills are increasingly valuable in today’s global economy. The seal will help promote and acknowledge the great value and many benefits that come with being multilingual and multicultural.” – Former State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch.
“We hope the opportunity to earn this credential will be another tool to encourage schools to offer foreign language earlier in students’ education, ideally before high school.” - Former Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico.
“The Seal of Biliteracy capitalizes and validates the linguistic assets that many students already bring to Illinois classrooms and will motivate all students to add an important skill set for college and career readiness.” - Josie Yanguas, chair of the Illinois Advisory Council for Bilingual Education and director of the Illinois Resource Center.
How can students earn the Seal of Biliteracy?
Stevenson offers current students the opportunity to test in 15 languages. As a result, we use three language proficiency assessments to qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy designation depending on the language. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) via the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam is used for students testing in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and ESL. For Latin, students will take ACTFL’s Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA). Finally, Avant’s STAMP 4S Assessment is offered to students wishing to test in Hebrew or Polish.
Earning the Seal of Biliteracy is a two-step process. Students must establish proficiency in English and another language(s).
To establish English proficiency, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Earn a minimum composite score of 21 on an official administration of the ACT
- Effective April 2, 2020, a minimum score of 480 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of an official administration of the SAT.
- Earn a minimum overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam
To establish proficiency in a language other than English, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have earned a 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement language exam they took prior to their senior year.
- Earn a minimum score of I-5 on all components of ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, or a minimum of Intermediate High on all components of AVANT's STAMP exam.
To qualify for the Commendation Toward Biliteracy, students must establish English proficiency as outlined above for the Seal of Biliteracy and one of the following:
- Earn a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement language exam they took prior to their senior year.
- Earn a minimum score of I-1, I-2, I-3 or I-4 on the ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, or a minimum score of Intermediate Low or Intermediate Mid on all components of AVANT's STAMP exam.
Who is eligible?
Applications for the Seal and Commendation are open to all Stevenson High School students.
Can I be assessed for the Seal before my senior year?
Yes, you can take the assessments to earn the Seal any time during your high school career. However, priority is given to seniors. Students who earn the Seal prior to senior year will have the designation applied to their transcript upon receipt. Students will receive the award at the time of their high school graduation when it will be acknowledged on their diploma. Recognition on transcripts is noted as soon as students receive qualifying scores. Testing is limited to 27 students at a time and priority is given to seniors.
What are the costs associated with the exam?
The AAPPL exam cost is $20. The ALIRA exam cost is $10. The STAMP 4S Hebrew exam cost is $25 and the cost for the Polish exam is $19.90.
What are the benefits of the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy?
According to HB 4330, Illinois public universities will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to two years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student’s high school transcript indicates that he or she received the State Seal of Biliteracy. Many universities waive any foreign language requirements and/or grant course credit for students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy. View University of Illinois Champaign - Urbana for reference.
Which domains are the students tested in?
Students taking the AAPPL and STAMP exams are assessed in four domains including interpersonal listening/speaking, presentational writing, interpretive reading, and interpretive listening. Tests typically take about two and a half hours to complete.
For the Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation in Latin, may a district accept the results of the ALIRA, the ACTFL language test in one domain (reading)?
Yes, because Latin is not used as a written or spoken language today, the ALIRA exam may be used to demonstrate proficiency in Latin for the purposes of awarding the Seal of Biliteracy or the Commendation toward Biliteracy.
May a State Seal of Biliteracy be awarded to high school students who meet the assessment criteria but do not enroll in World Language courses in high school?
Yes. Enrollment in a World Language program is not a prerequisite for attaining the State Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy.
If a student is proficient in English and two or more other languages, how should this be recognized on the diploma and transcript?
Stevenson will award a Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation for each language other than English in which the student demonstrates proficiency.
What if a student takes an AP language exam as a junior or sophomore?
If you take an AP language exam as a junior or sophomore, please know that the AP exam can also serve to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy based on qualifying scores.
Miscellaneous notes when applying for colleges:
Once the Seal of Biliteracy is attained and conferred to a student’s transcript, we encourage students to include this accomplishment on their college resumes as well as inquire how the course credits are applied at the university or college of choice. The updated transcript will be viewable through Parchment.