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Third Annual Chicago Seal of Biliteracy -- Awards Ceremony

Yes! The Awards Ceremony for winners of the Chicago Seal of Biliteracy was held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at TUOE Local 399 Hall. This year, the third year of this Illinois State program, awards in English and a second language were won by 1,300 high school students from at least 77 Chicago Public and Charter high schools. But this is the first year several students won the Seal in not two -- but in three languages. Also for the first time,the Chicago Public Schools had a winner in English and Sign Language.

First Winners of the Seal of Biliteracy in Chicago!

On June 18,2015, Thursday, a very special ceremony will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lindbloom High School,6130 South Wolcott. Earlier this school year, students from 20 Chicago Public High Schools were invited to demonstrate that they could read, write, understand and speak English and a second language. Come and watch those who succeeded receive special honors for their achievements. Congratulations to all!

Who Knows the Real Story?

Who knows the real story? The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC)is a required assessment for all Illinois public school students in grades 3-8 and for all high school students in specific courses. The question is: what about children in Illinois who come to school speaking a language other than English and have been assessed as English Language Learners or ELL's? Must they take these "rigorous" examinations in March and May as long as they have been in school for at least one year? How level is that playing field?

An Invitation: AF Festival de la Francophonie 2015

The Alliance Francaise is holding the AF Festival de la Francophonie 2015,from March 3 - 30. The Kick Off is March 6. For more information about these special events, visit:

What Do Multilingual University Students Say About Languages?

-"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."

-"Knowing that I am different from the mainstream because of my native language and culture helps me see and accept differences in other people."

-"I imagine that in my heart, there are candles. Every time I help someone with one of my languages, a candle lights up."

-"Being bilingual is seeing the world with a different pair of glasses -- everything becomes perfectly magnified."

-"Being bilingual is not only an advantage, it is a gift."

Japanese Art Exhibit and Demonstration

Japanese artists are coming to Chicago! You will meet a calligrapher,a ceramic artist, a doll visual artist and a space designer. Observe demonstrations and how a mini-gallery works. See calligraphy performance art and participate in workshops. When? Saturday, August 23, 2014,from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where? at Multilingual Connections, 2518 W. Armitage Avenue. Email inquiry:

Swedish is Spoken

Did you know that, when Chicago was only 43 years old, (1880), 13,000 of its residents were from Sweden? By 1890, Swedes were the third largest immigrant group in the city of Chicago. You can find out more about Swedish contributions to our city by visiting the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street. You could even learn to speak Swedish! Evening classes at the Museum begin September 2, 2014. For more information, call 773-728-8111 or email:

Are We a Bilingual America?

According to Raul Gallegos (Chicago Tribune, PERSPECTIVE, May 28, 2014). we may not be now -- but we "better get used to living in a bilingual America." The author quotes Jose Mujica, Uruguayan President, who, during his first visit with President Barack Obama, advised: "You will have to become a bilingual country yes, or yes" Of course, English is our official language, but we could gain by also speaking Spanish. Gallegos sites Census Bureau estimates that the number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. will grow to between 39 - 43 million by 2020. Are you bilingual in English and Spanish?

You are invited to the IAMME Spring Event 2014

Cosponsored by Concordia University, The Illinois Resource Center and Multilingual Chicago, there will be a special showing of the film: "Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights". According to The Illinois Association for Multilingual Multicultural Education,"This event is an opportunity for all Illinois educators to learn how standardized testing can be viewed through a different lens and the many issues associated with standardized testing." When: Friday, June 13, 2014, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Senator Iris Y. Martinez Honored by Multilingual Chicago and St. Augustine College

State Senator Iris Y. Martinez was honored at a special ceremony at St. Augustine College on April 15, 2014. The purpose of this ceremony was to demonstrate sincere gratitude to Senator Martinez for her leadership in securing the Seal of Biliteacy for eligible graduating high school students in the State of illinois. Proposed by Multilingual Chicago, the Seal of Biliteracy bill was introduced in the Illinois Senate by Senator Martinez and shepherded along by her to unanimous approval by members of both houses of the illinois State Legislature.

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