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World Languages

Standards and Guidelines

NYS LOTE (World Language) Learning Standards

The LOTE Learning Standards represent the core of what all people should know, understand and be able to do as a result of their schooling.   Learning standards have two primary dimensions. Content standards describe what students should know, understand and be able to do. Performance standards define levels of student achievement pertaining to content. However, the teaching and learning which takes place in between is the heart of the matter. This addresses opportunity to learn standards and is, perhaps, the most crucial element of the entire process.

LOTE Standards Review Process

The New York State Education Department is currently seeking feedback on the draft of the New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE), which we are proposing to be renamed as World Languages.  The proposed revisions to the standards and to the checkpoints (levels of achievement) are informed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (national standards).  The World Languages Leadership Team, comprised of 19 leaders in the field from across the state, was formed in 2018 in order to assist the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages in this process.  The review of the national standards and development of the proposed New York State World Languages Standards was conducted by this team in collaboration with seven Regional Standards Committees and three Language-Specific Committees (American Sign Language, Classical Languages, Indigenous Languages), which, in total, are comprised of over 200 New York State teachers and administrators.  The Public Comment Survey will be open from Monday, December 16th through Saturday, February 1st.  The public is asked to give their feedback on this proposed draft of the World Languages Standards during that period by accessing the following link.  


Commonly asked questions regarding LOTE requirements, programs and credits.

LOTE Publications

These documents which include Resource Guides incorporate the foundations for second language acquisition as presented in earlier State Education Department publications such as the syllabus, Modern Languages for Communication, and Preliminary Draft Framework for Languages Other Than English and Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English.  The intent of these guides is to provide language teachers with ideas for instructional activities that may be spiraled over a three-year sequence, to acquaint them with changes in assessment and how to use assessment tools such as rubrics and checklists for more equitable scoring, and to suggest effective teaching strategies.

National World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages   

The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities.  The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages create a roadmap to guide learners to develop competence to communicate effectively and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.


Updated 1/11/19