A Bold Language Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the world comes closer together, fluency in another language opens up opportunities for people to succeed economically and to take part in diverse cultural activities. 

On May 30, 2018 then-California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, spoke those words as he launched “Global California 2030,” a visionary educational initiative aimed at increasing the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students who are proficient in more than one language.

According to Torlakson, “The mission of Global California 2030 is to equip our students with the world language skills to succeed in the global economy and to fully engage with the diverse mixture of cultures and languages found in California and throughout the world...We are setting high goals and dreaming big to help our students and our state.” 
 
Building on research that shows the study of a 2nd language improves speakers’ ability in a first language as well as in other subjects, builds self-confidence, and later in life can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, Global California 2013 sets high goals for California education stakeholders, including:
  • By 2030, half of all California K–12 students will participate in programs leading to proficiency in two or more languages, either through a class, a program, or an experience.
  • Triple the number of students who receive California's State Seal of Biliteracy (a nationally-recognized award valuable for college admissions and career opportunities that demonstrates proficiency in a language other than English) from 46,952 in 2017 to more than 150,000 in 2030.
  • By 2040, three out of four graduating seniors will earn the Seal of Biliteracy.
  • Quadruple the number of schools that offer dual immersion language programs from about 400 in 2017 to 1,600 in 2030.
  • Double the number of highly-qualified K-12 bilingual teachers.
 
Global California 2030 acknowledges California's diversity as a resource and a strength. Statistics show:
  • California residents speak the majority of languages heard on the planet
  • 6.2 million public school students speak more than 72 languages ranging from Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese to less frequently heard languages such as Mixteco, Pashto, and Tongan.
  • One in five California students (1.3 million students) are English learners, while an estimated 1.2 million students are proficient in English yet also have another language in their background.
  • Together this means that over 40 percent of California’s K–12 students come to school with knowledge and experience in at least two languages.

In line with the state's vision, the UCLA Confucius Institute will continue to support our campus and community partners to meet the goals of Global California 2030.