Alpharetta Tamil School has been selected as an approved test center by Avant World Speaking to take the language proficiency test for earning the Seal of Biliteracy/Global Seal. With the approval of our school as the test center, your High school student can take the test at our school in a much familiar setting. Please contact us for more details if your High school student is willing to take this test and earn the Seal.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is similar to an individual state Seal of Biliteracy. It certifies through testing that an individual has a certain level of language proficiency in two or more languages. In the United States, one of those languages should be English.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy offers transferable college-credit, is serial-numbered to be entered as a language credential on resume’s and LinkedIn profiles, and can be used to access pay differentials.
A Seal of Biliteracy is a credential that provides documentation of language skills in two languages (In the United States, one of those languages is English). In most states, it was earned through externally validated language testing that certifies a globally recognized level of language fluency or proficiency. It can be used to provide competency-based or advance language placement as well as provide an employer with a credential documenting language skills for hiring or pay differentials for language.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is a strong and active supporter of the state Seal of Biliteracy movement. In most states, however, the state Seals can only serve students in participating public schools. Because there are so many other ways that language skills are acquired, it was important to design an alternate process so that anyone could have the opportunity to celebrate and credential their commitment to language learning. The Global Seal enthusiastically certifies bilinguals from private, independent, charter, parochial, international, community heritage language, public and home schools. We are also excited to recognize those who have learned their languages at home, through travel abroad or work experiences, at college or as an adult. The Global Seal believes so strongly in the value of bilingualism that we want to acknowledge all of its pathways.
The Global Seal of Biliteracy is universal, it crosses state lines and can be issued in any country whereas the state Seals are usually only available to students graduating from a public school that has adopted the program. The Global Seal of Biliteracy credentials all qualifying language learners, including those who have already graduated from high school but would like to certify their language skills for academic or work purposes. The Global Seal can also be used in partnership with state Seals to provide benchmark awards or an alternative award to language learners above or below state Seal criteria.
Just like the state Seals, the Global Seal will certify that you have a certain level of language based on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale that is recognized by most colleges or universities for placement purposes. Several US universities award the Global Seal of Biliteracy and Southern New Hampshire University offers Global Seal recipients transferable college-credit. Employers can use this same scale to determine the skills the applicant has for workplace applications.
The Global Seal is available to anyone who can meet the criteria for one of our three award levels, “Functional Fluency” (Intermediate Mid), “Working Fluency” (Advanced Low) or “Professional Fluency” (Advanced High), by providing documentation for both languages. There is no age or grade-level requirement for the Global Seal of Biliteracy. The Global Seal has already been awarded to middle school, high school and university students as well as to bilingual adults.
The Global Seal website describes the process which includes:
For more details please check https://theglobalseal.com/faqs