International Heritage Languages

International and Heritage Languages

Special Language Credit Option (SPLCO)

Overview

The Special Language Credit Option is a credit granting mechanism that allows students in high school to obtain credits for proficiency in languages other than English or French, which are the two official languages of instruction in Manitoba. Following consultation with schools, Manitoba Education is pleased to announce that changes to the Special Language Credit Option are being implemented in the 2013/2014 school year. The changes will allow Senior Years schools to award special language credits through an additional path, the recognition of non–Manitoba Education credentials (transcripts, report cards, certificates of standing, etc.) that demonstrate prior instruction or proficiency in languages other than English or French. Previously, students could only be awarded special language credits by successfully completing special language examinations to challenge for credit. School Forms and Templates are available in the handbook.

The revised Special Language Credit Option: A Policy and Administrative Handbook for Grades 9 to 12, with Reponses to Frequently Asked Questions describes the basic procedures and requirements established by Manitoba Education and Training and provides new fillable forms for awarding and reporting credits.

Educators should also review the new Evaluating Non-Manitoba Education Course Completions for Senior Years Credits and the Evaluation of Non-Manitoba Education Course Completions for Senior Years Credits: Recording Form (Adobe Icon 665 KB). The newly revised document is intended to assist school principals in evaluating non-Manitoba Education course offerings for Manitoba Senior Years credits. It takes into account the changes that were made to the course codes to facilitate the recording of credits on the graduation chart of the provincial report card. These changes were previously communicated to educators through correspondence related to the provincial report card.


Policy and Administrative Handbook for Grades 9-12, with Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

This handbook is designed to help schools administer the Special Language Credit Option. It describes the basic procedures and requirements established by Manitoba Education and Training. The document outlines the Special Language Credit Option policy and administrative information. This revised document reflects changes in
policy that allow for the awarding of special language credits through two paths:

  • as of September 2013, by students presenting recognized non-Manitoba credentials (transcripts, report cards, certificates of standing, etc.) that demonstrate prior instruction or proficiency in languages other than English or French
  • by students challenging for credit by successfully completing special language examinations

American Sign Language

As of the 2004-2005 school year, students may be eligible for up to 4 Senior Years credits for American Sign Language (ASL) through the Special Language Credit Option. There are special procedures for American Sign Language (ASL) examinations. For more detailed information, see American Sign Language and The Special Language Credit Option (Revised 2005).


SPLCO and Manitoba’s Graduation Requirements

Special Language Credit Option credits may be used to meet Manitoba ’s Senior Year’s graduation requirements. For further information on the graduation requirements see School Programs and Graduation Requirements.


Course Codes

Computer course codes for reporting Special Language Credits may be found in the Subject Table Handbook.


List of Examiners

Manitoba Education maintains a list of registered examiners for Special Language Credit Option purposes. Examiners may not be available for all languages. For a list of examiners or to register as an examiner, please contact Tony Tavares.


Range of Languages

The specific languages which are examined on a year to year basis varies according to student requests and availability of examiners. Below is a chart which provides a list of languages for which students have been examined and awarded credits in the last few years.

Special Language Credit Option: Languages Reported
American Sign Language Albanian Afrikaans
Amharic Arabic Bangla (Bengali)
Bembe (Ebembe) Bosnian Bulgarian
Burmese Cambodian Chinese - Cantonese
Chinese - Mandarin Cree Creole
Croatian Czech Dakota
Dari Dinka Dene (Chipewyan)
Dutch Farsi (Persian) Filipino (Tagalog)
Finnish Flemish Gaelic
German Greek Gujarati
Hebrew Hindi Hokkien
Hungarian Icelandic Igbo
Inuktitut (Inuit) Island-Lake Dialect Italian
Japanese Korean Krio
Kurdish Laotian Latin
Luganda Macedonian Malay
Malayalam Nepali Norwegian
Ojibwé (Saulteaux) Pashto Polish
Portuguese Punjabi Romanian
Russian Serbian Sinhalese
Slovak Somali Spanish
Swahili Tamil Thai
Tigrinya (Eritrean) Turkish Twi
Ugandan Ukrainian Urdu
Vietnamese Yoruba