D228 Students earn Commendation of Biliteracy

Bremen High School District 228 students earn Seal, Commendation of Biliteracy in French, Spanish or both

A total of 37 Bremen High School District 228 students have earned the Seal or Commendation of Biliteracy in French, Spanish or both in 2022. The award for biliteracy is an opportunity for our students to earn a recognized credential of language proficiency, and future college credits.

Bremen High School District 228 has established a program to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Two honors are available: the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy.

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those who demonstrate proficiency in English and whose second language proficiency level is equivalent  to Intermediate-High, as determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Commendation toward Biliteracy is awarded to students whose second language proficiency level is rated  at Intermediate-Low or Intermediate-Mid. Language proficiency testing took place in the spring, at no cost. 

A student meeting the requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy will receive this designation on their transcript, as well as the diploma, and earn two years of college credit in Illinois.  

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic greatly affecting education around the world, students at Bremen, Oak Forest and Tinley Park High Schools persisted. In 2021, 24 students earned the award, and in 2020, 56 did as well. 

This year, 14 awards were given to Bremen High School students. At Bremen, 13 students earned Spanish seals, and one student earned their award in French. 

At Oak Forest High School, 13 awards were given to students for Spanish. At Tinley Park High School, 10 awards were handed out to students; six for French, four for Spanish, and two for both Spanish and French. 

“We have students who will go into the world with an award and credential that shows they have literacy in English and another language. They have potential college credits, and a skill that is recognizable and valuable nationwide,” said Maureen Miller, Department Supervisor for World Languages and English Language Learners. “More importantly, they can read, and write, listen, and speak at least two languages, and that is a global skill which is so incredibly valuable from a cultural and educational perspective.”

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