RFA Receives Silver Badge for Biliteracy Program

RFA Receives Silver Badge for Biliteracy Program from NYSED
Posted on 11/05/2021
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Rome City School District is excited to announce the involvement in offering the New York State Seal of Biliteracy for the past two years. Receiving this great distinction demonstrates proficiency and fluency in two languages or more. All students who have received this honor had to complete a ten-minute presentation in their target language. Students also had to write a paper and complete an interview with a person native to that country. All of their work is completed and presented in the language other than English and is then graded by the Seal of Biliteracy committee.

“Our languages completed so far are: Spanish, French, Arabic, and Karen. All students who are deemed fluent are then given a medal, an award, as well as have a special seal placed directly on their diploma,” said Nikiya Pomponi, ENL teacher at RFA who spearheaded the program.

 

New York State boasts a rich linguistic and cultural heritage, with students speaking over 200 languages. Understanding the importance of multilingualism and multiliteracy, the New York State Legislature established the New York State Seal of Biliteracy in 2012, with the first set of graduates earning the Seal in the 2015-2016 academic year.  The NYSSB is an award given by a high school, school district or county office of education that formally recognizes students who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more world languages (one of which must be English) by high school graduation. 

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