The goal of the NYS World Language in the 21st Century conference was to provide teachers with instructional resources, tools, and models for updated practice on thematic, performance based curriculum and assessment design, aligned with national initiatives. Results of a 2016 survey uncovered an existing shift in practice from four skills to the three modes of communication, from checkpoints to can-do performance targets and from topics to expanded thematic planning for vertical alignment between levels, buildings and schools. At the same time, respondents expressed the need for more tools, resources, and professional development on all of the above. Full results of the survey will be presented in a future issue of the NYSAFLT Journal, written by Jennifer Eddy and Bill Heller.
The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages has published an updated Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/WL Frequently Asked Questions guidance document. This document contains updated information on the Checkpoint A-C exams, LOTE graduation requirements, LOTE middle school programs, transfer students, credit by examination, and locally developed tests.
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