Courses of Study: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages)

Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages), Grade 9 - 12, Modern Languages Level I, 2006

1.) Recognize target language words and phrases spoken in context.

Examples: basic commands, classroom objects, cognates

•  Using the target language in oral and written form in the present time frame, including salutations, farewells, expressions of courtesy, likes, dislikes, feelings, emotions, agreement, disagreement, requests, descriptions, sequenced information, and cultural references where appropriate to interact in a variety of situations
•  Responding to basic instructions and questions
2.) Interpret basic oral and written information in the target language on a variety of topics in the present time frame.

•  Identifying main ideas with some details
•  Guessing words and phrases based on context
3.) Present oral and written information in the target language using familiar vocabulary and correct structure in the present time frame.

•  Expressing main ideas from print and nonprint materials
•  Creating brief oral presentations and short written paragraphs
•  Telling basic information about self and others
Examples: short autobiographies, descriptions of daily and leisure activities

4.) Read aloud proverbs, short poems, and songs in the target language with appropriate pronunciation and intonation.

5.) Use appropriate target language vocabulary and nonverbal behavior in a variety of social situations and familiar settings.


- verbal--greetings, voice inflections;

- nonverbal--personal space

6.) Identify tangible and intangible products of a target culture, including symbols and expressive art forms.


- tangible--food, clothing, paintings, flags;

- intangible--national anthems, religion

7.) Identify other subject-area topics that relate to topics discussed in the target language class.

Example: cultural influence of explorers and settlers in various regions of the world

•  Locating major countries, cities, and geographical features of places where the target language is spoken
•  Identifying examples of vocabulary words and phrases, proverbs, and symbols from the target language that relate to other disciplines
Examples: currency symbols, capitalization and punctuation, dates

8.) Identify similarities and differences between words in the target language and in English, including pronunciation, intonation, stress patterns, and simple written conventions of language.

9.) Compare holidays and celebrations of a target culture with those of the United States.

10.) Identify typical activities and events of a target culture.

Examples: celebrations, concerts, exhibits

11.) Identify situations and resources in which target language skills and cultural knowledge may be applied beyond the classroom setting.


- situations--hospital patient and medical staff relationships, international business meetings, courtroom hearings;

- resources--news media, entertainment, technology, international guests