Language accreditation opens new doors for SDSU

Maria del Carmen Salvatori, Director for the Direccion General de Acreditacion de Secretaria de Educacion de Mexico, signs the official CENNI document with Suzanna Fuentes, director of Professional Skills Development Center at SDSU-IV. COURTESY PHOTO

CALEXICO — In April, when San Diego State University became the only university in the United States to receive a prestigous language accreditation from the Ministry of Education in Mexico, it was due to an online system of testing teachers’ English language proficiency developed by an SDSU Imperial Valley team led by Suzanna Fuentes.

Fuentes, director of Professional Skills Development Center at SDSU-IV, said Mexico’s Ministry of Education created the National Language Level Certification (CENNI) to standardize and test teachers’ proficiency because of the high priority the country puts on developing English language skills in its K-12 schools.  

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