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“Pathways to Proficiency: Earning the Seal of Biliteracy.”

Is your district implementing the Seal of Biliteracy? Are you interested in maximizing your students ‘ growing language skills? Would you like to learn more about successes in teaching for proficiency? Come participate in a new ICTFL initiative “Pathways to Proficiency: Earning the Seal of Biliteracy.” “Pathways to Proficiency” will take place July 24-26, 2017 at the Chiara Center in Springfield.

Illinois’ Seal of Biliteracy is rooted in a demonstration of a high level of proficiency in English and another language.  While heritage speakers and students in a long sequence of study of a language may achieve Intermediate High proficiency more easily, how can a district develop Pathways to Proficiency that lead to the Seal of Biliteracy for all (more) students?

In addition to a thorough understanding of how teaching for proficiency differs from traditional foreign language instruction, language professionals will understand how to develop a progressive Pathway to Proficiency that leads to demonstrable student achievement.  Key understandings of teaching for proficiency, unit and lesson development, classroom practices, and vertical articulation compose the main themes of this seminar.

Presenters include 2014 ACTFL Teacher of the Year Linda Egnatz, ICTFL Professional Learning Chair Todd Bowen, members of the Glenbrook North High School World Language Department, and representatives from the Department of English Language Learners of the Illinois State Board of Education.

Districts are encouraged to send a small team to build a district-wide plan of implementation.  Attendees of previous TALL-IL events are encouraged to attend as this is a new initiative.

The seminar begins at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017 and wraps up by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.  REGISTER ONLINE NOW.

Registration fees of $450 per person include all professional learning, double occupancy housing, and meals.  A non-housing option exists.  Membership in ICTFL is required. 16 PD hours will be awarded.  Registration can be completed at  with payment via credit card after 4/22 or by check payable to ICTFL. 

Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language
Post Office Box 64
Oglesby, Illinois 61348
(815) 863-5181

Registration is due by June 15, 2017.  Please contact for more details.  A downloadable flyer can  be found below.