Contact Information

Viviana Muriel de Bonafede
Program Supervisor,
World Languages

Fisher Building, 9th Floor
3011 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 873-7659
Fax: (313) 873-8648


Norma Hernandez
Bilingual Education

9th Floor Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 873-4171
Fax: (313) 873-8596

Multilingual-Multicultural Education in DPS

The Detroit Public Schools Department of Multilingual-Multicultural Education educates children to become effective and productive dual language citizens and master the English Language.

We also offer 8 different world languages in our schools, including dual language immersion programs that begin in preschool, to more than 7000 students.

We also serve more than 6,000 bilingual students, speaking 30 different languages in schools throughout the district, helping them to learn the English Language and American culture while mastering core subject areas.

Our celebrated language schools include the Academy of the Americas, where our students are nurtured to excel in academics and become literate in both Spanish and English, and the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies Schools (FLICS), where students can experience a rigorous core curriculum and immersion in French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese.


World Language Offerings

We aim to provide all students with a Standards-Based World Language Curriculum, which focuses on developing effective communication in at least one world language other than English as well as cultural competence to help them become better-equipped global citizens.

DPS currently offers 8 languages:

Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Latin, and American Sign Language to meet the needs of more than 7,000 elementary, middle and high school students.

Through the Office of Global Languages, the district is also working to increase students’ exposure to Global Languages through Distance Learning and the full implementation of our Global Language Curriculum as a core academic area starting language education in the early years.

Our DPS World Language Curriculum is aligned to the World Language National and State Standards, which is based on the 5 C’s—Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities—to equip our students both linguistically and culturally to compete globally.

What’s Required

Our curriculum meets the World Language graduation requirement as directed by the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, all students must have completed two credits of a world language other than English prior to graduation, or demonstrate a two-year equivalent proficiency at the Novice High level on the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Scale. Students at Novice-High Level are expected to use the language communicatively in highly predictable situations when interacting with native speakers in a variety of contexts. Students will need to pass a district-wide language proficiency test to demonstrate their level of language proficiency and be placed in the appropriate course.


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