World Language




World Language
North Creeks in the airport waiting for a flight to Cuba

Preparing students for a culturally diverse and linguistically-rich society is an important quality of K-12 education. In the Northshore School District, we provide opportunities for students to learn and communicate in languages beyond English through experiences that include a dual language school at the elementary level, a Spanish language course in middle school, and world language course offerings in the high schools.

Serving as an elementary dual language school, students at Woodin Elementary are immersed in English and Spanish language experiences throughout the day and within content area studies while middle schools offer Spanish 100 to eighth grade students.

In high schools, students may select from world language classes that include the study of Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, and American Sign Language.

World language courses are based on the Washington State K-12 World Languages Learning Standards that encompass five critical goal areas and eleven standards. The standards for world languages were updated by OSPI during the 2014-15 school year to reflect the American Standards for Foreign Languages in conjunction with Common Core State Standards, 21st Century Skills, and College and Career Readiness skills. Known as the foundation of world language education, the five C’s--communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities--are essential components of our world language curriculum.

Students in Northshore will acquire a new language as they learn how to communicate, present ideas, and build upon interpersonal skills through culturally responsive teaching and learning practices.

Core Instructional Materials

Core Instructional Materials
  • Adventures in Japanese, Levels 1, 2, 3 - adopted 2013
  • Bien Dit, Levels 1, 2, 3 - adopted 2011 (French)
  • Chinese Made Easy, Levels 1-5 – adopted 2013
  • Portfolio Deutsch - adopted 2011 (German)
  • Realidades, Levels 1, 2, 3 - adopted 2011 (Spanish)
  • Note: Additional resources are used in AP, College in the High School, and IB world language courses




World Language follows grade-specific content and standards for the pathway. Additional course offerings are available once in high school.


Assessments for Learning


Northshore School District students may earn high school credit by taking a World Language Competency Test and/or earn the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy certificate by meeting criteria set for proficiency in two languages—English and another language. Visit our World Language Competency Test page for more information.


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements
  • 2.0 Credits: Word Language* OR course in the student's Personalized Pathway

*World Language is required at most universities. Please check with your college of choice to determine if world language credit is a requirement for admission.


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