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World Languages

World Languages

World Languages at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

We believe that all Massachusetts students should acquire linguistic and cultural proficiency in at least one language in addition to English. Proficiency in one or more world languages will empower all students to use languages other than English to tell their own stories, understand the stories of others, and engage with their communities.

News and Upcoming Events

  • 2021 World Languages Curriculum Framework — On April 21, 2021, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously agreed to adopt the 2021 World Languages Framework Download PDF Document, replacing the 1999 version. Thank you to the many volunteers throughout the Commonwealth who contributed to this framework. The Department will continue to provide training and materials to support this new framework in 2021-2022 and beyond. Please check back for opportunities to be involved in the implementation process.
  • Webinar: Introducing the World Languages Curriculum Framework. Thursday May 6th, 4:00–6:00 and Thursday, May 20th, 1:00–3:00. This webinar is open to all World Language teachers and administrators. Register here.
  • Supporting Proficiency in Languages Other Than English (Grants) — The Department is pleased to provide support for districts to support students' proficiency in language other than English. Grant funds may be used to support one or both of the following goals:
  • Assessments to determine current levels of proficiency in Dual Language, Heritage Language, and/or World Language programs
  • Professional Development to support proficiency and high-leverage teaching practices in languages other than English.
  • Grant money will be distributed over the summer and must be disbursed by the district prior to 8/31/2021. More information forthcoming.

Last Updated: May 4, 2021

Contact Us

Andy McDonie, M.Ed.
Language Acquisition Support Specialist-World Languages
(781) 338-3541

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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