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World Languages

Standards and Guidelines

NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (1996)

In 1986, the New York State Education Department had adopted Modern Languages for Communication.  This document was redefined as the NYS Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) as part of the NYS Compact for Learning initiative in 1996. These 1996 standards will remain in effect until such time as a district implements the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021), but not later than the implementation schedule listed below.  

Student Work Exemplars

 

Implementation Timeline for Revised Standards

Districts with secondary (middle and high school) world language programs may implement the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) as early as they would like, however, all districts must implement these revised standards by no later than indicated by the following schedule:

Implementation of the revised standards (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) must occur by no later than: Grade level
September 1, 2023 7th
September 1, 2024 8th
September 1, 2025 9th
September 1, 2026 10th
September 1, 2027 11th
September 1, 2028 12th

Districts with elementary world language programs may implement the revised standards as early as they would like, however, these revised standards must be implemented in any elementary world language programs by September 1, 2023 for the first year world language is offered.  In each subsequent year, the revised standards will be implemented (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) in the next grade level in which world languages is offered, and so forth, and so on, until the revised standards are implemented in all grade levels Pre-K - 12th.

World Language Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ - Commonly asked questions regarding LOTE requirements, programs and credits.  (Please note:  This document is being revised in the spring of 2022 to add questions that have been received from the field.  As soon as the new FAQ is available, it will be posted on this site.)

Adoption of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021)

Link to press release

The Board of Regents adopted the revised New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) on Monday, March 15, 2021.  The revisions align the standards with both the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and high-leverage practices and update them to represent what students should know and be able to do in the languages and cultures which they study. The Board of Regents also adopted a regulation changes to rename the learning standards from LOTE to “World Languages” at their July 2021 meeting following a public comment on the proposed changes.

Summary of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages

The New York State Learning Standards for LOTE are divided into two language groups: Modern Languages and Classical Languages. Modern languages include any language that has living, native speakers. Modern languages are contrasted with Classical languages, which include Latin, ancient Greek, ancient Hebrew, and other languages from earlier time periods in human history.  These updated learning standards for both Modern and Classical Languages are organized into two anchor standards: Communication and Cultures. The Communication Anchor Standard for all languages is broken down into three Standards—one for each mode of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, Presentational).  The Cultures Anchor Standard is broken down into two Standards: the Relating Cultural Practices and Products to Perspectives standard and the Cultural Comparisons standard.

Unlike the standards of other disciplines, the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages are not grade-banded, but instead are grouped into three proficiency ranges that correspond to the World Language Checkpoints (A, B, C) that reflect levels of achievement students must reach, generally over the course of two years of study each.  Students meet the standards by demonstrating proficiency at the levels consistent with the lower end of the range for each Checkpoint. This demonstration of proficiency generally occurs by the end of 8th grade for Checkpoint A, by the end of 10th grade for Checkpoint B, and by the end of 12th grade for Checkpoint C.

NYS Learning Standards for LOTE (World Languages) (2021)

Themes & Topics (2021)

Crosswalk - LOTE (1996) to WL Standards (2021)

Crosswalk - WL Standards and Next Generation ELA Standards

 

Proficiency Ranges & Performance Indicators (2021)

The performance indicator documents are available in two formats – letter size (8.5 x 11) and tabloid size (11 x 17).  Category 1-2 modern languages are those that use a Roman-based alphabet.  Category 3-4 modern languages are those that use a non-Roman-based alphabet (i.e., Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Russian), those that are character-based (i.e., Japanese, Korean, Mandarin), and indigenous languages (i.e., Seneca, Tuscarora).  There is also a one-page summary document for the performance indicators for each category of languages.

Languages Letter-sized document (8.5 x 11) Tabloid-sized document (11 x 17)

One-page summary (11 x 17)

Modern Languages - Category 1-2 Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download
Modern Languages - Category 3-4 Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download
Classical Languages Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download

 

Resources for Teachers to support the transition to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021)

Countdown to the Launch of the Revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages

At-a-Glance Documents for Modern Languages (Category 1-2)

At-a-Glance Documents for Modern Languages (Category 3-4)

At-a-Glance Documents for Classical Languages

Authentic Resources

Lesson Planning Guidance

Language Functions Reference Sheet

Unit Planning Guidance

 

Unit and Curriculum Audit Documents

 

Unit Plan Exemplars

 

Rubrics for Modern Languages

Master rubrics

Rubric templates

Single-point rubrics

Three-point rubrics

Four-point rubrics

 

Rubrics for Classical Languages

Master rubrics

Rubric templates

Single-point rubrics

Three-point rubrics

Four-point rubrics

 

 
Resources for Administrators to support the transition to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021)

Administrator Reference Guide - Parts 1-3

This is a three-part series of Administrator Reference Guides to the Revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages.  Parts 1 and 2 are now available in downloadable PDF format. Collectively, these one-page guides detail and illustrate key information about the revised world language learning standards and related concepts and offer administrators practical recommendations for supporting world language educators as they shift their instruction. The guides are sequenced to correspond with the phases of the standards implementation process. Part 1 of 3, “Planning for Implementation”, provides a brief overview of the standards, an implementation timeline, and recommendations for supporting professional learning and the standards implementation process. Part 2 of 3, “Standards in Action”, will further illustrate the standards and describe what language proficiency looks like at each of the three proficiency Checkpoints. This information will enhance administrators’ ability to understand what they are viewing when observing in a world language classroom or what world language educators are saying when they discuss their practice. The Part 2 documents are available for both Modern and Classical languages.  Part 3 of 3, yet to be named, will be a set of world language-specific observable criteria that can be used as a complement to locally-adopted teacher evaluation rubrics. To facilitate their use, each criterion will be cross-referenced to common APPR rubrics.

Unit Planning under the Revised World Language Standards

Unit Plan Exemplar Development Program

The NYS World Language Standards and Professional Learning Initiative is conducting a Unit Plan Exemplar Development Program for World Languages at the Checkpoint A level from February through April of 2022.  Currently, 254 NYS world language educators are working with our office to develop unit plan exemplars for Checkpoint A that are aligned to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages.  Unit plans that result from this process will be reviewed and vetted by OBEWL and then posted on our website for teachers to use as they begin to review their curricular. 

Additional Unit Plan Exemplar Development Programs are planned for the near future:

  • World Language in the Elementary School (WLES) is planned for the fall of 2022.  The online application will be available on this website in late spring of 2022; 
  • Checkpoints B and C is planning for January through April of 2023.  The online application will be available on this website in mid-October of 2022; and
  • Heritage language program will be scheduled at a future date to be determined in 2023.

Educators who successfully complete the program (attend all meetings and submit a unit plan aligned to the revised standards) will be paid a fixed stipend of $225 for work completed outside of the regular school day and six (6) CTLE credit hours for the meetings attended.

 

Summer Collaborative Unit Design Program

In an effort to assure that as many educators as possible are prepared to revise their Checkpoint A curricula prior to implementation of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages in September of 2023, OBEWL will host free collaborative unit design workshops in the summer of 2022 in eight regions of New York (Capital, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Mid-State, Mid-West, New York City, Southern Tier, and Western regions).  Teachers can attend one or both days to work collaboratively with others who teach the same language to develop Checkpoint A unit plans aligned to the revised standards.  The events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on each day with a one-hour break for lunch (not provided).  A total of four (4) hours of CTLE credit will be awarded for each day attended.  To participate, educators must register in advance using the following online form.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the venue capacity has been reached.  Regions, dates and locations for these events are listed below.

Region Dates Location
Capital Wednesday, June 29th & Thursday, July 28th Questar III BOCES, 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton-On-Hudson, NY  12033
Hudson Valley Thursday, June 30th & Wednesday, July 27th SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, NY  12561
Mid-State Monday, June 27th & Tuesday, July 12th OCM BOCES, 110 Elwood Davis Rd., Liverpool, NY  13088
Mid-West Monday, July 11th & Tuesday, July 19th Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, 3599 Big Ridge Rd., Spencerport, NY  14559
Long Island

Thursday, July 14th &Thursday, July 21st

Western Suffolk BOCES                          31 Lee Avenue, Wheatley Heights, NY  11798

New York City Friday, July 1st & Wednesday, July 20th

7/1/22 - Long Island City HS, 14-30 Broadway, Queens, NY  11106

7/20/22 - Brooklyn Technical HS, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY  11217

Southern Tier Wednesday, July 13th & Monday, July 25th BT BOCES, Johnson City Learning Center, 500 Main St, Johnson City, NY 13790
West Monday, July 18th & Tuesday, July 26th Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY  14224

 

Implementation Process & Timeline

The implementation of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages is divided into three phases:

Phases Activities

 Phase I - Raising Awareness and Building Capacity

Adoption – Aug. 2023

Roll-out and building awareness of the revised standards and timeline for implementation; professional learning opportunities to prepare schools to transition to the revised standards

 Phase II – Gradual Implementation and Building Capacity

Sept. 2023 – Aug. 2028

Focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, professional learning

Phase III – Full Implementation and Sustainability

Sept. 2028 and on 

All P-12 World Language courses will be aligned with NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (as renamed from LOTE); New York State Seal of Biliteracy programs will be aligned with the revised standards

 

 

Implementation Timeline

Districts with secondary (middle and high school) world language programs may implement the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) as early as they would like, however, all districts must implement these revised standards by no later than indicated by the following schedule:

Implementation of the revised standards (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) must occur by no later than: 

Grade level
September 1, 2023 7th
September 1, 2024 8th
September 1, 2025 9th
September 1, 2026 10th
September 1, 2027 11th
September 1, 2028 12th

Districts with elementary world language programs may implement the revised standards as early as they would like, however, these revised standards must be implemented in any elementary world language programs by September 1, 2023 for the first year world language is offered.  In each subsequent year, the revised standards will be implemented (course curricula, instruction, and assessments aligned to the revise standards) in the next grade level in which world languages is offered, and so forth, and so on, until the revised standards are implemented in all grade levels Pre-K - 12th.

From LOTE to World Languages (Regulatory name change)

The regulation changes regarding the name change from LOTE to World Languages adopted by the NYS Board of Regents at their July 2021 meeting include:

  • Renaming the standards to “New York State Standards for World Languages,” which amends Commissioner’s regulations to replace the term “languages other than English” with “world languages” in reference to the learning standards, pathway assessment, and course credit; 
  • Renaming teaching certificate titles, as well as certification and teacher preparation program coursework requirements from “language(s) other than English” to “world language(s) other than English,” and the tenure title of “Foreign Languages” to “World Languages”; 
  • Amending references to the term “foreign languages” throughout Commissioner’s regulations to read “world languages” or “world languages other than English,” as applicable; and
  • Clarifying that teachers currently in the foreign languages tenure area would now be in the world languages tenure area, and any prior service in the foreign languages tenure area is included toward service in the renamed world languages tenure area.
The Standards Revision & Public Feedback Process

The Department established the World Language Leadership Team (now called the World Language Content Advisory Panel), consisting of 20 leaders and experts in the fields of language acquisition and world language teacher preparation, in 2018 to assist in the standards revision process.  The Department developed the proposed revisions to the NYS LOTE Standards in partnership with numerous stakeholders, including the World Language Content Advisory Panel and ten Standards Review Committees made up of seven regional committees and three Language-Specific Committees (American Sign Language, Classical Languages, and Indigenous Languages) with over 200 members.  Care was taken to ensure participation by representatives of all regions of New York State, as well as key stakeholder groups, including teachers and administrators, experts in the field, parents and students, higher education faculty, BOCES and Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) staff, Big 5 school districts, and members of various professional organizations, including the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT), the New York State Association of World Language Administrators (NYSAWLA), and the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE).

Feedback Process

The Department released the proposed standards revisions to the public in February 2020, along with a survey that gathered feedback from more than 1,100 individual stakeholders across New York State.  The vast majority of respondents expressed strong support for all proposed revisions. Of the responses received, 94 percent indicated that they either moderately or strongly supported the revised standards overall, with 93 percent specifically supporting the name change.

World Language Needs Assessment Survey (summer 2020)

World Languages Needs Assessment Survey Results Report

The World Languages Needs Assessment Survey Results Report describes feedback from educators across the state on their specific needs as schools plan to transition to a revised set of standards in world languages.  The report consists of an Executive Summary followed by each survey question.  The Executive Summary contains four sections:  the responses, the results, the feedback, and the analysis and next steps moving forward.  Each question from the survey is then listed, followed by a graph illustrating the data and/or a table showing the breakdown of responses.  A number of questions allowed for additional comments, the most representative of which are reprinted in this report.  In Appendix A, the responses to Question #6 (Which of the following statements best reflects your current knowledge of the revised standards and your comfort level with the shifts they will require?) are disaggregated for deeper analysis.  Please address any questions regarding this report to Candace Black, candace.black@nysed.gov, (518) 473-7505.