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Foreign Languages

Our 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:

Communication

a) conversing: providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions, and exchanging opinions.
b) understanding and interpreting spoken and written target language.
c) presenting information, concepts, and ideas in target language.

Cultures of the World

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 Disciplines

a) demonstrating 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.

Comparisons and Insights into the Nature of Language and Culture

a) understanding 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 and Abroad

a) conveying 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 celebrations.
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 community.

Recommended Resources:

Spanish

French

Reference: National Standards in Foreign Language Education

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