Foreign Language

Required Instruction

Section 1007.261(1)(a), Florida Statutes, requires two credits of sequential foreign language instruction at the secondary level as a prerequisite for admission to all Florida state colleges and universities. A student whose native language is not English is exempt of this requirement, provided that the student demonstrates proficiency in his/her native language. Two credits of American Sign Language can satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Regular and Advanced Courses

The Florida Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments - 2003-2004 includes 6-12 grade Regular, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) foreign language course codes. Copies of the Florida Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments - 1994-95 and all of its addendums are available here.

Academic Competitions

A number of local, regional, state and national foreign language competitions and contests are regularly advertised, and all are open to the general student population.

Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools (FLES)

Many local school districts have established developmentally appropriate foreign language and home language instructional programs in elementary schools.

Foreign Language Experience (FLEX)

Local school districts have established elementary or middle school exploratory foreign language instructional programs in their schools. The aim of FLEX programs is not communicative proficiency, but to motivate the student to future participation in a foreign language program by exposing the student to foreign languages and cultures.

World Languages (Foreign Languages) Resources

World Languages Standards - Adopted February 2011

Embassy of Spain Education Office - Programs in Florida

The Florida Department of Education and the Embassy of Spain Education Office collaborate in the promotion and implementation of cooperative programs developed under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2005. The main objective of this collaboration is the improvement of the quality and extent of the teaching of the Spanish language and culture in the State of Florida, and the teaching of the English language and North American culture in Spain. For more information related to the Programs, please visit the Embassy of Spain Education office website.

French Heritage Language Program - Miami

The French Heritage Language Program - Miami was created to answer the needs of the Haitian community. It offers French heritage language classes to students of Francophone background, promoting and enriching the learning and teaching of French language and francophone cultures. For more information, please visit France to the United States.