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

Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages), Grade 3 - 5, Modern Languages, 2006

1.) Create simple sentences to communicate in the target language about familiar topics.


- school--I like mathematics.,

- family--My sister is tall.,

- holidays and celebrations--My birthday is in October.

2.) Use appropriate gestures, etiquette, and oral expressions for greetings, farewells, and common classroom interactions.

3.) Identify simple target language words from diverse children's multimedia sources.

Example: number words from various children's television programs

4.) Retell stories in the target language using learned vocabulary and proper pronunciation and intonation.

•  Identifying main ideas, characters, and settings in stories
•  Reciting poems, songs, short anecdotes, and folk tales
5.) Identify common practices and perspectives of contemporary life of a target culture.

Example: telling why various generations from some cultures live in the same household

6.) Describe tangible products from a target culture.

Examples: sporting goods, traditional and contemporary dress, foods, modes of transportation, flags, types of dwellings

7.) Identify children's songs and selections from target culture literature, including traditional poetry and rhymes.


- German song--"Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken" ("My Hat, It Has Three Corners"),

- Spanish song--"Cielito lindo" ("My Sweetie")

8.) Categorize target language and culture information by relating it to a corresponding school subject area.


- llama from Argentina--geography,

- rain forest in Costa Rica--science,

- word cognates--English language arts,

- addition and subtraction problems--mathematics

9.) Identify words common to both the target language and to English, including cognates and borrowed words.


- cognates--astronauta and astronaut, Haus and house;

- borrowed words--le weekend and the weekend, los jeans and the jeans

10.) Compare authentic materials of the target culture to their own.

Examples: hats--Mexican hat to cowboy hat, French beret to baseball cap

11.) Name professions that benefit from proficiency in the target language.

Examples: physicians, firefighters, policemen

12.) Organize an activity using authentic target language resources.

Example: creating an itinerary for an imaginary trip to a target language country