Standards for Foreign Language Learning
For a more comprehensive description, consult
Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Executive Summary (PDF)
from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
COMMUNICATION: Communicate in languages other than English
Standard1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information,express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
Standard1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audienceof listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
CULTURES: Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
Standard2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship betweenthe practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
Standard2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship betweenthe products and perspectives of the culture studied.
CONNECTIONS: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through foreign language.
Standard3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctiveviewpoints that are only available through the foreign language andcultures.
COMPARISONS: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
Standard4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of languagethrough comparisons of the language studied and their own.
Standard4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culturethrough comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
COMMUNITIES: Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world
Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
Standard5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using thelanguage for personal enjoyment and enrichment.