educational resources have been designed to align with state and national
benchmarks and standards. They can help teachers and parents prepare
students to fulfill national and state standard requirements and excel
in state proficiency exams.
The concepts presented comply
with the five major organizing principles of the “Standards of
Foreign Language Learning” in the following ways:
providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions,
and exchanging opinions.
and interpreting spoken and written target language.
c) presenting information, concepts, and ideas in target language.
a) by understanding
cultural behaviors: gestures, oral expressions for greetings, cultural
activities such as games, foods, etc.
b) being aware of the products from other cultures: contemporary dress,
children’s songs, literature, stories, folklore (legends).
Connections to Other
an understanding about other subject areas such as the categorization
of animals, weather, mathematics, and geography.
b) reading weather maps and temperature charts in various countries.
c) applying knowledge of the metric system in everyday life situations.
d) reading, listening to, and talking about folk tales, short stories,
poems and songs.
Insights into the Nature of Language and Culture
similarities and differences between English and target language.
b) recognizing words that are borrowed in target language and English.
c) being aware of idiomatic expressions, formal and informal forms of
language, and comparison of musical instruments, rhymes and sports.
Communities at Home
messages to target language-speakers in person, email, letters etc.
b) being aware of professions that benefit from knowing target language.
c) performing skits and songs in target language for school and community
d) becoming life-long learners by using target language for enrichment
and enjoyment: children’s web pages, children’s programs,
games, and music.
e) establishing friendships within the local target language-speaking