The University of Washington is pleased to support the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) effort to continue the service started by WAFLT and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in 2011 to support school districts that would like to offer World Language proficiency testing to their students. Through this language testing, students may earn from 1 to 4 Competency-Based Credits in a language they know, and possibly qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy at high school graduation.
We are an arm of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) a non-profit founded in 1964 that serves a membership of 400 to 600 elementary through university level language teachers. WAFLT seeks to meet the needs of a profession dedicated to the teaching of world language skills and cultural awareness by providing information and sensitive global perspectives in an era of ever-increasing internationalization. Getting Started
For many years, WAFLT has offered Custom Testing for languages that are not currently supported by the major language proficiency testing companies in the United States. WAFLT developed Custom Tests for Writing and Speaking in collaboration with the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon and Avant Assessment. Throughout those years, we partnered with Monique Roske of M2 Language Consultants, LLC, to coordinate the evaluation of those Custom Tests.
Monique used her wealth of experience in managing a translation agency that served a number of government clients to find linguists for the “super” Less Commonly Taught/Tested Languages to support our WAFLT Custom Testing. She personally oversaw locating linguists, training them to use the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for evaluating student samples, coordinating all of the test results with WAFLT, and paying the linguists as independent contractors.
At the WAFLT 2020 Fall Virtual Conference, WAFLT was pleased to recognize Monique Roske with the Pro Lingua Award for her many years of invaluable collaboration. Thank you, Monique!
We acknowledge that we are on the many tribal lands of the first nations of the Pacific Northwest. We honor their languages and cultures in celebrating their rich heritage. They are still here.
Chehalis, Colville, Cowlitz, Hoh, Jamestown S’Klallam, Kalispel, Lower Elwha Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Nooksack, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Upper Skagit, Yakama, Duwamish, Wanapum, and Chinook.
32 tribes, 29 Federally recognized, 20 spoken languages