5Cs and 7Cs Merge and Overlap

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5 Cs of World Language Instruction Join and 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.