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Proposed Draft of the New York State World Languages Learning Standards

Introduction to the New York State World Languages Standards

The mission of the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) is to ensure that all New York State (NYS) students attain the highest level of academic success and language proficiency. To this mission, the proposed NYS World Languages Standards add the goal of intercultural competence. We strive to ensure that all students’ individual educational paths and socio-emotional needs are met in multiple languages, leading them to college, career, and civic readiness.

Therefore, the purpose of instruction in world languages is for learners to:

•     communicate effectively in the target language in order to function in a variety of intercultural contexts and for multiple purposes; and

•     use the target language to identify, describe, compare, and explain the practices, products, and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Learners accomplish these standards within the contexts of making connections with, comparisons to, and through interactions within the languages and cultures of local and global communities.

The proposed World Languages Standards are divided into Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

 

Modern Languages Standards

Anchor Standard 1: Communication - Learners communicate effectively in the target language in order to function in a variety of contexts and for multiple purposes.

  • Benchmark Standard 1.1: Interpretive Communication - Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, received, or viewed on a variety of topics, drawing on a range of diverse texts, including authentic resources.
  • Benchmark Standard 1.2: Interpersonal Communication - Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, visual, or written conversations to exchange information and express feelings, preferences, and opinions.
  • Benchmark Standard 1.3: Presentational Communication - Learners present information and ideas on a variety of topics adapted to various audiences of listeners, readers or viewers to describe, inform, narrate, explain, or persuade.

Anchor Standard 2: Cultures - Learners use the target language to identify, describe, compare, and explain the practices, products, and perspectives of the cultures studied.

  • Benchmark Standard 2.1: Relating Cultural Practices and Products to Perspectives - Learners use the target language to identify, describe, and explain the practices and products of the cultures studied as well as the cultural perspectives they reveal.
  • Benchmark Standard 2.2: Cultural Comparisons - Learners use the target language to reveal and compare the products and practices of the cultures studied and their own.

Revised Themes for Modern Languages

  1. Personal Identification and Social Relationships;
  2. Contemporary Life;
  3. Science, Technology and the Arts; and
  4. Global Awareness.

 

Classical Languages Standards

Anchor Standard 1: Communication - Learners communicate effectively in Latin or ancient Greek by using a variety of texts and resources for multiple purposes and make interdisciplinary language connections.

  • Benchmark Standard 1.1: Interpretive Communication - Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics, drawing on a range of diverse texts, including authentic resources.
  • Benchmark Standard 1.2: Presentational Communication - Learners present information and ideas on a variety of topics adapted to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers to describe, inform, narrate, explain, and persuade.
  • Benchmark Standard 1.3: Interpersonal Communication - Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken or written conversations to exchange information and express feelings, preferences, and opinions.

Anchor Standard 2: Cultures - Learners use the knowledge of Latin and ancient Greek to identify, describe, compare and explain the  practices and products of Greco-Roman and other cultures, while developing cross-cultural  perspectives.

  • Benchmark Standard 2.1: Relating Cultural Practices and Products to Perspectives - Learners use the knowledge of Latin or ancient Greek to identify, describe, and explain the practices and products of the cultures studied as well as the cultural perspectives they reveal.
  • Benchmark Standard 2.2: Cultural Comparisons - Learners use knowledge of Latin or ancient Greek to reveal and compare the products and practices of the cultures studied and their own.

Revised Themes for Classical Languages

  1. Identity and Family Life
  2. Physical Environment, Geography and Travel
  3. Daily Life and Societal Institutions
  4. History, Government and Economics
  5. Religion, Myths and Legends
  6. Literature, Architecture and Art