News Release: Introducing the Marco DALE: A groundbreaking framework for Spanish language development standards

October 24, 2023

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MADISON, Wis. – WIDA releases the Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA (Marco DALE), WIDA’s latest Spanish language development standards framework. The Marco DALE is a framework for instruction, curriculum, professional development and assessments of Spanish language development of bi/multilingual learners who are learning academic content in Spanish.

The Marco DALE is designed to provide comprehensive support for bilingual classroom-level educator needs and works in tandem with the Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español de WIDA (Marco ALE) and the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. Additionally, the Marco DALE may be adapted to inform policies and initiatives that promote Spanish bilingual education and programs of Spanish as a heritage and world language. The Marco DALE is written in Spanish with English summaries.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Marco DALE. This framework represents a significant step forward in our commitment to supporting bi/multilingual learners and their educators in Spanish language development,” Samuel Aguirre, WIDA Español director, said. “The Marco DALE embodies our dedication to equity, excellence and innovation in bilingual education.”

The Marco DALE was developed with six Big Ideas in mind: equity, integration, collaboration, interaction, multiliteracies and transculturalism.

“With the Marco DALE, the future of Spanish language education is brighter than ever,” Tim Boals, WIDA founder and director, said. “It empowers educators to unlock the full potential of bi/multilingual learners and fosters a deeper appreciation for language and culture in the classroom.”

Learn more on the Marco DALE webpage

About WIDA Español

WIDA Español offers educators who teach academic content and language development in Spanish a comprehensive system for supporting instruction and assessment. To receive occasional messages about WIDA Español resources, products, tools and services, use the form on the news page (and the email that follows) to select the WIDA Español interest area.

WIDA is an educational services organization within the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education that advances academic language development and academic achievement for multilingual children to help ensure equitable, quality education.

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