New WL Teachers

Resources for New World Language Teachers to Seattle Public Schools.
New Teachers Workshop August 21, 2019 8:50 am - 9:35 pm at South Shore K-8. 



Note that Seattle does not have a current adoption for Spanish. Some schools still have copies of the most recent adoption (20 years) ago for Ven Conmigo. Some schools have purchased Avancemos on their own (this would require the principal to complete a materials waiver request). If you need support for Spanish curriculum planning, please contact Thad Williams  (We are in a Spanish Materials Adoption process in 2018-2019 and expect to make a recommendation to the School Board by early fall 2019. If so, online materials should be available during the fall.)

Some SPS Spanish teachers are developing shared Resources in Schoology under Spanish Teachers of SPS: Access Code SRTDT-7HWN2.
World Language Learning Standards
Our district uses the State WL Standards, which are adapted from the National WL Standards
National - World-Readiness for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
State - World Languages K-12 Learning Standards
World Language Proficiency Standards

Our district aligns proficiency targets to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The targets set by the World Language teachers in 2010 were:

Level 1    Novice Low to Novice Mid
Level 2    Novice Mid to Novice High
Level 3    Novice High to Intermediate Low
Level 4    Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid
Level 5    Intermediate Mid to PreAdvanced

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012
ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners
NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for student self-assessment

World Language Assessment
Our district does not currently have a district-wide assessment for secondary World Language courses. However, we do use a variety of proficiency assessments for World Language Competency-Based Credit Testing. We also use the PLACE test from Avant Assessment to assist with placing students in high school world language classes who have completed 2-3 years of a language in middle school. 

Graduating seniors may also qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy
For classroom-based assessments, we recommend using Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs). Some resources:
CARLA: Integrated Performance Assessment
Integrated Performance Assessment - November 2008
- Paul Sandrock PowerPoint Slides (color) | PDF
- Paul Sandrock PowerPoint Handout | PDF
- Paul Sandrock Presentation Handout | PDF


Curriculum Planning - Keys to Planning for Learning 

Based on ACTFL book, Keys to Planning for Learning, by Laura Terrill and Donna Clementi:
(Find links to the template and example lessons in French there.)


Additional Resources

For WL Programs: Effective Program Principles (NADSFL)
For WL Teachers: Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL Project)

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