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The Seal of Biliteracy means more than a stamp on a transcript

This story is written in English as well as Spanish. To read the English version, scroll down.
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With the amount of hard work that goes into learning a new language, being able to earn a Seal of Biliteracy is a great achievement.

El examen para el Sello de Alfabetización Bilingüe tendrá lugar el 3 de febrero para reconocer a los estudiantes que demuestran un dominio intermedio-alto, no sólo del inglés, sino también de otro idioma.Tras años de trabajo, los estudiantes de todos los orígenes pueden aprovechar la oportunidad de recibir un sello en su expediente académico que demuestra su fluidez en otro idioma. 

De acuerdo con El Sello Alfabetización Bilingüe, el propio examen basa su puntuación en cuatro destrezas diferentes: lectura, escritura, comprensión auditiva y expresión oral. Si un estudiante demuestra su competencia, recibe el sello en su expediente académico.

Además de recibir un certificado oficial de alfabetización bilingüe, el propio examen abre puertas a futuras oportunidades fuera del mundo académico.

“Con un mundo tan globalizado, en algunos puestos de trabajo se puede trabajar con personas de otros países, y tener esa familiaridad con otro idioma que te abre a nuevas culturas puede ser beneficioso en esa área,” dijo la profesora de español Katherine Edmundson.

Los conocimientos de lenguas extranjeras se valoran en el ámbito laboral por la capacidad de formar conexiones más profundas con los clientes para ayudarles de la mejor manera. En comparación con hace 5 años, los empresarios han observado un mayor necesidad de trabajadores que sepan más de un idioma.

 En un competitivo mercado laboral, el Sello de Alfabetización Bilingüe abre una nueva área de trabajo y, además, debido a la gran demanda, muchos puestos de trabajo ofrecen un aumento salario que puede estar de entre el 5 y el 20%.

Los trabajos requieren todos y cada uno de aquellos que tengan un idioma secundario, aunque hay solicitudes de idiomas específicos como el Español, el Chino y el Francés, no hay límite de habilidades lingüísticas. Afortunadamente, el  Sello de Alfabetización Bilingüe ofrece una variedad de idiomas para hacer pruebas por lo que es una forma válida que alguien puede traer a un trabajo sin tener que ir y recibir una forma de certificación.

Ha aumentado el número de lenguas representadas en las pruebas. Por ejemplo, urdu, ruso, alemán, hindi, tamil, etc. En cada idioma se evaluarán las mismas destrezas: lectura, escritura, comprensión auditiva y expresión oral, a excepción del ASL, que consta de dos partes.

“Cuando puedes comunicarte con alguien en su propio idioma, la interacción tiene más sentido,” dijo Edmundson.

Ser capaz de comunicarse con otras personas en el ámbito laboral tiene sus ventajas, pero hablar una lengua extranjera te da acceso a diferentes comunidades en las que no todos pueden entrar. 

“Creo que el reconocimiento de un idioma te abre más puertas en el mundo, no solo en tu carrera profesional, sino que el ser capaz de conectar con la gente y con sus lenguas, al estar conectado con su cultura, te permite una nueva comprensión de la cultura,” dijo la profesora de español Gabriela Serrano.

Aunque esta prueba es una buena ayuda para futuras referencias académicas y laborales, su principal objetivo es mostrar y expresar el orgullo bilingüe que ayuda a unirnos como sociedad, tal y como afirma el Sello de Alfabetización Bilingüe.

“Tener o saber otro idioma no sólo es bueno para tener la capacidad de hablar con hablantes nativos, sino que te da un sentido de empatía al tener ese origen similar,” dijo Serrano.

El mensaje de Serrano está relacionado con una situación que vivió Edmundson.

“Una vez, en el aeropuerto, había una mujer que no entendía las instrucciones del empleado, y fue un placer poder asistirle,” dijo Edmundson.

La comunicación entre personas de distintos orígenes es lo que abre barreras y crea confianza para expresar vulnerabilidad. El objetivo de empujar a los estudiantes a recibir su sello es mostrar lo mucho que las culturas contribuyen en nuestro mundo.

“A veces, para poder conectar con las culturas hace falta aprender un poco a hablar con los demás y eso crea un mundo nuevo para ti,” dijo Serrano.

 

ENGLISH

 

The Seal of Biliteracy test is taking place on February 3 to recognize students who demonstrate an intermediate-high proficiency, not only in English but in another language. After years of students from all backgrounds building up their proficiency in another language can take up the opportunity to receive a stamp on their transcript to approve of their fluency.

According to The Seal of Biliteracy, the test itself bases its score on four different skill sets: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. If a student proves to be proficient they’re awarded with the seal on their transcript.

Along with receiving a set-in-stone approval of biliteracy, the test itself opens numerous doors to future opportunities beyond academics.

“With our world being so global, with certain job opportunities you might work with people from other countries, and having that familiarity with another language which opens you up to new cultures can be beneficial in that area,” Spanish teacher Katherine Edmundson said.

Foreign language skills are valued in the work field due to the ability to form deeper connections with customers to assist them to the fullest. Compared to 5 years ago, employers have seen a rise in needing workers who know more than one language. Within a competitive job market just having a Seal of Biliteracy opens up a whole new section and with high demand many jobs offer an increased salary anywhere from 5-20%.

The work field asks for any and all of those who have a secondary language, even though there are specific requested languages such as Spanish, Chinese, and French, there is no limit of skills. Fortunately, the Seal of Biliteracy offers a wide variety of options to choose to test. Hence, it is a valid form someone can bring in without having to go in and receive another form of certification.

There has been an increase in the number of represented languages to test on. Languages tested on include Urdu, Russian, German, Hindi, and Tamil. Each language will have the same skills tested on so reading, writing, listening, and speaking with the exception of ASL which is made up of two parts.

“When you can communicate with someone in their own language it becomes more of a meaningful interaction,” Edmundson said.

Being able to communicate with others within the work field does have its benefits, however, speaking a foreign language brings together communities most don’t have the ability to access.

“I believe that having that language recognition opens more doors for you in the world not just career-wise but being able to connect with people and with their languages being connected with their culture it brings in a new understanding of culture,” Spanish teacher Gabriela Serrano said.

Although this test is a good assistance for future academic and job references, its main purpose is to show off and express bilingual pride that helps unite us as a society as stated by the Seal of Biliteracy.

“Having or knowing another language isn’t only good for having the ability to just speak to native speakers but it provides you a sense of empathy by having that similar background,” Serrano said.

Serrano’s message relates to a situation Edmundson encountered.

“One time at the airport a woman was struggling to understand instruction from the employee and it felt rewarding being able to jump in and help her,” Edmundson said.

Communication between people from different backgrounds is what opens up barriers and creates trust to express vulnerability. The goal of pushing students to receive their stamp is to show how much the world has to offer through culture.

“Sometimes to be able to connect to cultures it takes a little bit of learning on how to speak to others and it creates a new world for you,” Serrano said.

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