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World Languages

World Languages Overview

The benefits of learning a second language go beyond the lifelong ability to communicate with a greater number of people and an enhanced understanding of another culture. Research has demonstrated that the study of a second language also results in improved academic performance, higher order thinking skills, and increased opportunities for success in the expanding global community. Our challenge is to provide all Oregon students with the opportunity to benefit from the study of a second language.

​The World Languages Content Panel is recently updated the adopted 2010 standards. This work aligned Oregon's standards more closely with the standards established at the national level. The most recent adopted standards:


Adoption Criteria for World Languages Instructional Materials (Adopted by the State Board of Education on 2-20-20)

Note: Languages may include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, or Italian.

Adopted World Languages Instructional Materials

Instructional materials on this list were reviewed using the criteria above and formally adopted by the State Board of Education in October 2020.

Additional Resources:

For questions regarding the ODE Instructional Materials, email Aujalee Moore.

For questions regarding the ODE World Languages program, email Alexa Pearson.