Learning Standards

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)

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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.