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Proposed Revisions to the New York State World Languages (LOTE) Learning 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 revised 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;
  • to use the target language to identify, describe, compare, and explain the practices, products, and perspectives of the cultures studied.

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

The standards are divided into World Languages (Modern Languages, American Sign Language, and Indigenous Languages) and Classical Languages (Latin and Ancient Greek).  Click on one of the options below to view the proposed draft and give feedback.