Indigenous and World Languages

  • Indigenous and World language instruction in Saint Paul Public Schools is designed to facilitate genuine interaction with others. Students learn to communicate with people in other languages and cultures in a variety of settings, look beyond their customary borders, and develop insight into their own language and culture. Research indicates that the process of studying another language gives students a cognitive boost in other subject areas, enabling them to perform at higher levels.

    SPPS offers 11 indigenous and world languages for students through a variety of programs: Dakota/Lakota, Ojibwe, Hmong, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, American Sign Language.  IWL partners closely with Immersion/Dual Immersion to offer language learning at a variety of scales and to provide Seal of Biliteracy assessments.

    Indigenous and World Languages by School

    Language Pathways

    Classroom Resources by Language

    Professional Resources for Teachers

    MN Certificate and Seals of Bilingualism

     

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Liz Hathaway-Castelán, Immersion and Dual Immersion

    * District Professional Development

    * Seal of Bi-Literacy

    liz.hathaway-castelan@spps.org

     

    Rebecca Biel, Social Studies Supervisor K-12

    * General questions about pathways, curriculum and scheduling

    rebecca.biel@spps.org

    651-744-1343