World Language Reading ChallengeInformation about the annual World Language Reading Challenge for students, parents, and educators.
The World Language Reading Challenge is an annual event taking place during National World Language Week in March. The World Language Reading Challenge was developed in partnership with the California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA).
The 2023 World Language Reading Challenge took place March 6–10, 2023. Information about the 2024 World Language Reading Challenge will be posted during the 2023–24 school year.To participate in this program and recognize students, please review the optional criteria and resources and submit an online participation form, available under the “Toolkit and Forms” tab below.
The World Language Reading Challenge is an optional event and participation is voluntary. Local educational agencies (LEAs) may customize the criteria to fit their local needs and to ensure the criteria reflects their program goals.
The California Department of Education (CDE) will provide guidance and certificate templates as resources. LEAs may choose to use or modify the materials provided. No student information is required to be submitted to the CDE to participate. LEAs may keep records locally. The CLTA provides a World Language Reading Challenge Toolkit that includes optional templates and resources that LEAs may use or adapt.
Students may earn the World Language Reading Challenge Certificate in any world language other than English.
World Language Reading Challenge
In collaboration with the CDE, the CLTA Underrepresented Language Special Interest Group invites you to participate in the World Language Reading Challenge through reading various authentic texts in the target language.
All California preschool through grade 12 (P–12) world language and multilingual programs.
National World Language Week, March 6–10, 2023
At the school site with students enrolled in world language or multilingual programs.
- To provide language and multilingual programs with recognition from the CDE for encouraging students to improve literacy by reading in the target language
- To celebrate the achievement of the students
- To celebrate the success of the school’s world language or multilingual program
- To celebrate student success
- To engage with authentic materials in the target language
- To discover cross-cultural connections
- To promote community building in the classroom and beyond
- To encourage cross-cultural interactions across language programs at the school site
- To increase students’ motivation to learn the target language
- To create a positive attitude toward the language and culture
- To have fun reading
- To promote literacy fluency
- To put the World Languages Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (PDF) into action
It is important to ensure that all students have access to the World Language Reading Challenge including underserved populations and students with disabilities. All students, including English learners, students with disabilities, and English learners with disabilities, can benefit from opportunities to develop multiliteracy.
For more information on serving English learners with disabilities see the CDE California Practitioners’ Guide for Education English Learners with Disabilities(PDF).For more information on parent and family engagement, see the CDE Parent/Family web page.
World Language Reading Challenge Guidelines (PDF)
This printable PDF provides an overview of the World Language Reading Challenge and suggested guidelines for implementing a World Language Reading Challenge program at the school or district.
Additional resources are available in the CLTA Underrepresented Languages Special Interest Group Toolkit available under the “Toolkit and Forms” tab.
California Department of Education (CDE) Resources
Partner ResourcesThe U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition Benefits of Multilingualism Infographic explains cognitive, educational, economic, and sociocultural benefits of multilingualism.
Participating Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
The participating schools and districts will be posted annually on this tab. The World Language Reading Challenge was established in 2022–23.
LEAs interested in participating in the program may submit a World Language Reading Challenge Participation Form (available under the Toolkit and Forms tab) annually to be included in the data posted here.
2023 World Language Reading Challenge Participation Data (XLSX)
A total of 2,046 students participated in the World Language Reading Challenge in 2023.
Toolkit & Forms
World Language Reading Challenge Participation Form
World Language Reading Challenge Participation Form
Local educational agencies (LEAs) may fill out this online form to participate in the World Language Reading Challenge and to request the World Language Reading Challenge certificate template. This form may be completed before, during, or after the challenge. Please submit this form by March 31, 2023, to be included in the participation data published in spring 2023.
CLTA World Language Reading Challenge Toolkit
This toolkit includes guidance, promotional materials, sample forms, and other resources for participating LEAs. These resources are provided as optional guidance only and may be used or adapted to fit the program model and the needs of students.
LEAs are asked to submit the online form that includes information on:
- The contact information for the requestor;
- The district and school(s) participating;
- The types of world language or multilingual programs in which students are enrolled;
- Whether any of the participating schools offer the Biliteracy Pathway Recognitions;
- The number of students in each grade level participating and the language(s) in which they are being recognized;
- The number of students being recognized with an Individualized Education Program; and
- The number of students being recognized who are current or former English learners (for kindergarten through grade 12 programs).