Policy Statements

Policy Statements

The Michigan World Language Association has developed the following policy statements and guidelines to highlight best practice in world language education. We hope these statements are useful to you for advocacy, program development, and sharing information about world language teaching and learning with others. Additional statements will be added.

MIWLA Statement of Policy on World Language Education

The Executive Board of the Michigan World Language Association adopted the following Statement of Policy on World Language Education at its meeting of December 5, 2009. This Statement of Policy on World Language Education can be downloaded, copied and used for a variety of purposes provided that the intent is to maintain or improve the teaching and learning of world languages. Please credit the Michigan World Language Association Statement of Policy on World Language Education when using this document.

MIWLA Statement of Policy on World Language Education

December 5, 2009

With the passage of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and its world language graduation requirement for all students, the State of Michigan recognized the importance of world language education in today’s society. Because of the increasingly global nature of the economy and the technological advancements of global interconnection, it is imperative that students graduate from high school with the world language and culture skills necessary to compete for jobs and successful careers.

For these reasons the Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA) endorses the following strategies in order to advance world language proficiency for all Michigan students.

If we are able to achieve these goals through legislation and policies, the future workforce of Michigan will be better equipped with the necessary communication and cultural skills to become active participants in a global society. Students will have the language resources they need to compete with their peers around the United States and the world for job opportunities and will also provide Michigan with a cadre of individuals prepared to provide effective diplomacy and address economic and other critical issues of the 21st century.

MIWLA Statement on Systemic Racism in the United States

We stand with our students and teachers of color and with Michigan’s Black community.

Black Lives Matter. It’s important that we say this and that we speak up against racism, injustice, hate, and violence. But speaking up is not enough. We must listen to students and teachers of color, we must continue to learn about their experiences and about systemic racism, and we must take action to confront and unmake it, starting with confronting and unmaking our own biases and blind spots.

As language educators, we have a unique power and responsibility to help our students understand others. Teaching for a just and antiracist future should begin with us all. MIWLA promises to do more to listen, learn, speak up, and act against systemic racism and for racial equity.

We recognize that there is much more to learn in order to do so. Below is a short list of antiracism resources for educators that may be helpful.

Adopted by the Executive Board 9/16/23