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The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning

Communication: Communicate in Languages Other Than English
  • Interpersonal communication: Student engages in conversations, provides and obtains information, expresses feelings and emotions, and exchanges opinions.
  • Interpretive communication: Student understands and interprets written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Presentational communication: Student presents information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
  • Cultural practices: Student demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Products of culture: Student demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
Connections: Connect With Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
  • Make connections: Student reinforces and furthers own knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Acquire new information: Student acquires new information and recognizes the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
  • Language comparisons: Student demonstrates understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and own culture.
  • Cultural comparisons: Student demonstrates understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and own culture.
Communities: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home and Around the World
  • Community and school: Student uses the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Lifelong learning: Student shows evidence of becoming a life-long learner by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

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