World Language Standards - 5 Cs


Communicate in Languages Other Than English
Standard 1.1: 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.
Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.


Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied. Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.


Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the World Language.
Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language
and its cultures.


Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.


Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World
Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

5 Cs of World Language Instruction Overlap the 7 Cs of 21st Century Learning

Communication – Learn to:

• Use language to communicate in “real life” situations
• Interpret oral and written messages
• Demonstrate cultural understanding
• Present oral and written information to various audiences for a variety of purposes.

Culture – Learn to:

• Understand and appreciate the relationship among languages and cultures
• Understand and respect other people's points of view, ways of life, and contributions to the world.

Connections – Learn to:

• Access information from worlds of knowledge to which a monolingual speaker may only partially enter, if at all.
• Connect with other subject areas, which share many common themes, topics, and content.

Comparisons - Learn to:

• Compare, contrast, and comprehend the nature of language and culture
• Discover patterns, make predictions, and analyze similarities and differences
• Strengthen one's knowledge of one's own language and culture.

Communities - Learn to:

• Interrelate appropriately in multilingual and multicultural communities at home and around the world.
• Live, work, and prosper in a global society.

7 Cs of 21st Century Learning Expectations

Collection of Information – Learn to:

• Access, organize, and use information
• Evaluate and cite sources
• Align solutions with tasks

Collaboration – Learn to:

• Initiate independently
• Share responsibilities
• Assist others
• Take a variety of roles
• Contribute ideas
• Apply strategies
• Keep an open mind
• Tolerate different viewpoints

Communication – Learn to:

• Listen actively
• Express ideas
• Use multiple, appropriate forms of media and a variety of techniques.

Creativity – Learn to:

• Generate ideas, be original, and maximize creative efforts.
• Know your personal creative process
• Profit from your mistakes

Critical thinking – Learn to:

• Ask clarifying questions and analyze complex systems
• Evaluate evidence and justify arguments
• Reflect on learning and transfer problem-solving skills

Character – Learn to:

• Show consideration, respect, and concern for others
• Embrace diversity and maintain positive values

College /Career – Language study casts very favorable light on college admissions.