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

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

1.) Use the target language in oral and written form in the future time frame to exchange ideas, paraphrase, explain, and give cause.

Examples: discussions, notes, letters, e-mail, impromptu role plays, articles on current events

2.) Interpret culturally authentic oral and written texts in the target language about familiar and unfamiliar topics presented in the future time frame to determine main ideas and supporting details.

3.) Use the target language to create oral and written presentations on a variety of topics using familiar vocabulary and learned structures and time frames.

Examples: editorials, advertisements, résumés, speeches, journals, short stories, poems

4.) Analyze information learned about the perspectives and practices of a target culture to describe patterns of behavior typically associated with those cultures.

Examples: teenage dating, mealtimes

5.) Describe the global influence of historic events, political structures, economic factors, and artistic expressions of a target culture.


- historic events--tearing down the Berlin Wall,

- political structures--Communism,

- economic factors--Columbian exchange of goods between the Americas and Europe,

- artistic expressions--French Impressionism

6.) Describe connections between other school subjects and a target culture.

Examples: social studies and the study of indigenous peoples such as Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas; English language arts and the study of translations of prose and poetry works by foreign authors; science and the study of contributions by international scientists such as Madame Curie and Albert Einstein

7.) Identify the complex linguistic elements of the target language as they relate to English.

•  Identifying examples of ways in which language and meaning do not transfer directly from one language to another
Example: false cognates

•  Identifying examples that show how vocabulary, linguistic structures, and tense usage in the target language differ from those of English
Examples: declensions, conjugations

8.) Describe similarities and differences that exist within target cultures, including language, clothing, foods, dwellings, recreation, and social conventions.

Examples: dialect versus standard language, German versus Austrian foods

9.) Explain origins of typical activities and events of a target culture.

Examples:festivals such as Oktoberfest, religious celebrations such as the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, national holidays such as Bastille Day

10.) Apply language skills and cultural knowledge for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.

Examples: traveling abroad, participating in language competitions, reading for pleasure, listening to authentic radio and television broadcasts