Courses of Study : World Languages

Communication
Interpersonal Mode
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
1) Communicate and share on familiar and new topics in various time frames and moods.

a. Initiate, maintain, and conclude a conversation on various topics.

b. Use the target language to communicate about subjects of particular interest to students.

c. Use the target language to handle tasks that may contain a complication.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpersonal Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students:
  • start, maintain and end a conversation on a variety of topics.
  • talk about my daily activities and personal preferences.
  • use my language to handle tasks related to my pesonal needs.
  • exchange information about subjects of special interest.

Intermediate Mid High Level:
Students:
  • exchange information related to areas of mutual interest
  • use language to do a task that requires multiple steps.
  • use language to handle a situation that may have a complication.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • a variety of time frames and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • start, maintain and end a conversation on a variety of topics.
  • talk about daily activities and personal preferences.
  • use language to handle tasks related to personal needs.
  • exchange information about subjects of special interest.
  • Intermediate high level students are able to:
    • exchange information related to areas of mutual interest.
    • use language to do a task that requires multiple steps.
    • use language to handle a situation that may have a complication.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Intermediate Mid Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Intermediate High:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Interpretive Mode
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
2) Interpret, restate, and react to what is heard, read, or viewed on familiar and new topics.

a. Give main ideas, supporting details, and justify inferences in selected texts.

b. Identify themes, settings, characters, and plot lines found in literary texts.

c. Use background knowledge from other disciplines to understand spoken and written information in the target language.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students:
  • understand basic information in ads, announcements and other simple recordings.
  • understand the main idea of what they listen to for personal enjoyment.
  • understand messages related to everyday life.
  • understand simple personal questions.
  • understand basic information in ads, announcements, and other simple texts.
  • understand the main idea of what they read for personal enjoyment.
  • read simple exchanges between other people.

At the intermediate high level,
Students:
  • easily understand straightforward information or interactions.
  • understand a few details in ads, announcements and other simple recordings.
  • sometimes understand situations with complicating factors.
  • understand accounts of personal events or experiences.
  • sometimes follow short, written instructions when supported by visuals.
  • understand the main idea and a few supporting facts about famous people and historic events.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • understand basic information from advertisments and announcements, audio or print.
  • understand the main idea(s) of voice messages and videos
  • understand basic statements and questions in an interview.
  • understand questions in a survey or questionnaire.
  • understand information in a variety of print formats (ex: brochures, magazines, labels, etc.).
  • understand information in interpersonal communication.
  • understand main ideas, supporting details, themes, settings, characters and plot lines in literary texts.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • understand basic information from advertisments and announcements, audio or print.
  • understand interpersonal exchanges, spoken or in print.
  • understand information in a variety of print formats (ex: brochures, magazines, labels, etc.).
  • understand main ideas, supporting details, themes, settings, characters and plot lines in literary texts.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Intermediate Mid Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Intermediate High:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Presentational Mode
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
3) Present information on familiar and new topics in various time frames and aspects using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure.

a. Express needs, wants and preferences with supporting reasons.

b. Present information on academic and work-related topics.

c. Present information about common age-appropriate issues.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students:
  • write messages and announcements.
  • write short reports and make presentations about something they have learned or researched.
  • compose communication for public distribution.
  • make presentations about personal and social experiences
  • make presentations about common issues and state their viewpoint.

  • Intermediate High Level
    Students:
    • write or present about school and academic topics.
    • write about work and career topics.
    • write about community topics and events.
    • write about entertainment or social events.
    • present their point of view and give supporting reasons.
    • present about events, activities or topics of interest.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • describe past experiences and events.
  • create announcements for upcoming events.
  • present or write about academic topics.
  • describe steps needed to complete a task.
  • write emails, letters, blog posts, etc. on a variety of topics.
  • present or write about current or past events/issues.
  • present or write about entertainment topics.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • write emails, letters, blog posts, etc. on a variety of topics.
  • describe past experiences and events.
  • summarize information from academic topics.
  • describe steps needed to complete a task.
  • explain point of view on a topic or issue.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Intermediate Mid Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Intermediate High Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Culture
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
4) Investigate perspectives through practices of the target cultures.

a. Explain how behaviors in the target culture relate to and reflect different types of relationships.

b. Interact through role-play in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar environments.

c. Plan hands-on activities related to cultural practices.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • explore perspectives related to cultural practices.
  • model realistic situations that would occur in the target culture based on prior knowledge of the cultural perspectives and inferences for unknown situations.
  • recreate cultural practices based on what they have learned.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • identify how a culture's beliefs and ideas are demonstrated by how they interact with one another.
  • communicate with one another in culturally appropriate ways in a variety of familiar contexts.
  • investigate, analyze and reflect on the relationship of cultural products to perspectives.
  • investigate, analyze and reflect on the relationship of cultural practices to perspectives.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • interact appropriately in various contexts with members of the target culture.
  • investigate, analyze and reflect on the relationship of cultural products to perspectives.
  • investigate, analyze and reflect on the relationship of cultural practices to perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • language and culture are extricalble linked.
  • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
  • understanding of my own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 2
Learning Activities: 2
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
5) Investigate perspectives through products of the target cultures.

a. Analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to arts, crafts, and graphic representations.

b. Analyze the cultural elements of music and short video clips.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Analyze the importance and impact of products of the target culture in the contexts of arts, crafts, and graphic representations.
  • Analyze cultural products in the context of music and short videos.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • identify how a culture's beliefes and ideas are reflected in their products by describing the target culture's art, crafts, music, dance, etc..
  • analyze and clarify the purpose of the products from a target culture.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • investigate the products and perspetives of a target culture.
  • investigate the beliefs (perspectives) associated with the target culture's products in the contexts of arts, crafts, graphic representations, music, and short videos.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • language and culture are inextricably linked.
  • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
  • understanding of my own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.
Connections
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 0
Learning Activities: 0
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
6) Connect with other disciplines while using the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Explain characteristics of countries where target language is spoken.

b. Present information on topics across disciplines in a variety of time frames and moods.

c. Explain the importance of influential figures from the target culture, past and present.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • describe aspects of the countries included in the target language.
  • make connections between the study of the target language/culture and other subject areas.
  • investigate and explain the impact prominent figures from the target culture have made/are making.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • identify and interpret basic information from authentic sources, such as news articles, event flyers, invitations, and advertisements.
  • identify a few target language news sources and stores.
  • use the target language to learn about other disciplines.
  • use information learned in the target language in other disciplines.
  • use the target language to make comparisons of similarities and differences in countries where target language is spoken.
  • use the target language to converse and present on a variety of topics and other disciplines.
  • use the target language to invesitgate and describe information learned in the target language.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
    identify and interpret basic information from authentic sources, such as news articles, event flyers, invitations, and advertisements.
  • identify a few target language news sources and stores.
  • use the target language to learn about other disciplines.
  • use information learned in the target language in other disciplines.
  • use the target language to make comparisons of similarities and differences in countries where target language is spoken.
  • use the target language to investigate, explain, and present connections made with other disciplines.
  • use the target language to present to and interact with others for a variety of purposes in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • make oral or written presentations in the target language on topics being studied in other classes.
  • describe and compare key characteristics of countries where the target language is spoken.
  • research and compare how countries where the target language is spoken deal with current global issues (i.e., environment, economic crisis, migration, etc.).
  • research and report on contributions of the cultures that use the target language to science, medicine, and government.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in a foreign language is a vehicle to gaining knowledge that can only be acquired through that language and its culture.
  • world language learning offers opportunities to uncover big ideas in and about other disciplines.
  • strategies used to acquire a language are transferable to other areas of learning throughout life.
  • a second language facilitates the acquisition of information about the world outside our experiences.
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 1
Learning Activities: 1
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
7) Acquire information related to diverse perspectives in the target culture in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Explain how current events are reported in target culture and at home.

b. Compare and contrast advertisements from target culture and local media.

c. Explain the importance of influential figures from the perspective of the target culture.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • investigate and identify topics related to the perspectives of the target culture in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • compare and contrast current events and advertisements from the target culture to a student's own culture.
  • explain how prominent figures are viewed from the perspective of the target culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • how perspectives of a target culture are portrayed through media and advertising.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • use the target language to find and analyze information on the diverse perspectives of the target culture and make comparisons with the diverse perspectives of their own culture.
  • use the target language to make comparison of current events and how they are reported.
  • use the target language to identify advertisements and compare them with target culture and students'own culture.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • use the target language to investigate, compare, and contrast current events and advertisements from the target culture to a student's own culture.
  • identify and explain the diverse perspectives of the target culture through the lens of a culture's perspectives.
  • communicate in the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • use the target language to make comparison of current events and how they are reported.
  • use the target language to identify advertisements and compare them with target culture and students'own culture.
  • research how a major figure from history, science, or the arts is described in the target language and use it to expand what they already know.
  • compare how products are marketed in the target culture versus the United States.
  • compare news articles on front pages of newspapers from countries where the target language is spoken.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in a foreign language is a vehicle to gaining knowledge that can only be acquired through that language and its culture.
  • world language learning offers opportunities to uncover big ideas in and about other disciplines.
  • strategies used to acquire a language are transferable to other areas of learning throughout life.
  • a second language facilitates the acquisition of information about the world outside our experiences.
Comparisons
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 1
Learning Activities: 1
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
8) Compare characteristics of the target language and the native language in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Explain idiomatic expressions appropriately.

b. Compare and contrast formal and informal registers of language.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • make comparisons of idiomatic expressions commonly used by native speakers of the target language with idioms common in their own language.
  • compare and contrast the formal and informal registers of language.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • common idiomatic expressions in the target language.
  • formal and informal forms of address and language.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • identify and use a variety of target language vocabulary.
  • use correct word order when writing and speaking about dates and descriptions.
  • communicate in present, past, future, etc..
  • use idiomatic expressions to convey thoughts in culturally appropriate ways.
  • compare and connect language similarities and differences using cognates and false cognates.
  • Intermediate High Level
    Students are able to:
    • differentiate between when to use formal and informal register.
    • recognize and understand idiomatic expressions in listening and reading.
    • use idiomatic expressions appropriately in speaking and writing.
    • communicate in the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • formal and informal registers of language are indicative of the practices and perspectives of the target culture.
  • by learning another language one can better understand how the native language works.
  • other understandings will depend on theme taught.
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 1
Learning Activities: 1
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
9) Compare products, practices, and perspectives of the target culture and the native culture in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Compare and contrast personal experiences of the target culture to the native culture.

b. Explain cultural practices in the target culture.

c. Compare products in the target culture to the native culture.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • make comparisons between the products, practices and perspectives of the target culture of the target culture and their native culture.
  • explain practices of the target culture.
  • compare and contrast their own experiences within the target and native culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • how to identify and distinguish between products, practices and perspectives of culture.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • use the target langauge to identify and compare the products, practices and perspectives of the target culture.
  • use target langauge to compare activities and events of the target culture and native culture.
  • use target langauge to compare the practices of target and native culture.
  • identify games, fairy tales, songs, and rhymes from the target culture and compare them with those of the native culture.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • compare and contrast the products, practices and perspectives of the target culture to their native culture in a variety of time frames and moods in the target language.
  • communicate in the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • use target langauge to compare activities and events of the target culture and native culture.
  • use target langauge to compare the practices of target and native culture.
  • identify games, fairy tales, songs, and rhymes from the target culture and compare them with those of the native culture.
  • identify and use borrowed words and cognates in the language they are learning and their own, and hypothesize about their origins.
  • compare and analyze idiomatic expressions in the language they are learning and their own, and hypothesize about their origins.
  • compare language appropriate to specific social groups and situations in the language they are learning and their own. compare syntax functions (e.g., word order and inflections) to express meaning in the target language and in English).
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • the products, practices and perspectives of culture are intertwined.
  • a culture's perspectives are present in its products and practices.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.
Communities
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 0
Learning Activities: 0
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
10) Interact using the target language within the classroom and globally in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Exchange information with speakers of the target language in person or virtually in a variety of time frames and moods.

b. Simulate interactions and personal experiences that would occur in the target culture.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communities
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • use the target language inside and outside the classroom in a variety of time frames and moods, either in person or virtually.
  • role-play interactions and experiences that would likely occur with native speakers of the target language.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • the cultural practices and perspectives related to communication in the target language.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • use target language vocabulary and grammatical structures to communicate with target language.
  • speakers inside and outside of the classroom across a variety of contexts.
  • reseach and identify job skills necessary to enter various professional fields using the target language.
  • use target language vocabulary and verbs in a variety of tenses to simulate real world interactions in the target culture.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • use target language vocabulary and grammatical structures to communicate with target language.
  • speakers inside and outside of the classroom across a variety of contexts.
  • use target language vocabulary and verbs in a variety of tenses to simulate real world interactions in the target culture.
  • communicate with native speakers of the target language or role-play interactions.
  • communicate in the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • compare and contrast the role and importance of family in the target cultures to their own.
  • compare and contrast school schedules, course offerings, and attitudes toward school in the target cultures to their own.
  • compare and contrast career choices and preparation in the target cultures to their own.
  • compare and contrast entertainment and leisure options in the target cultures and their own.
  • interact with members of the local community or with contacts made electronically to hear how they use the language in their various fields of work.
  • participate in language club activities which benefit the school or community.
  • write and illustrate stories to present to others.
  • perform for a school or community celebration.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in another language bridges cultures and people.
  • there are a multitude of real-world implications for target language proficiency and cultural awareness.
  • the target language is used around the world every day in many different contexts.
  • the target language can help one better understand the world around them.
  • the study of world languages expands one's opportunities.
  • language is a tool to connect with the world.
  • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.
World Languages (2017)
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Level IV
All Resources: 0
Learning Activities: 0
Lesson Plans: 0
Classroom Resources: 0
Unit Plans: 0
11) Explore opportunities to use the target language beyond the classroom environment in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Analyze authentic materials to learn more about topics studied in class.

b. Explore the internet to find authentic websites of current events and cultural interests.

c. Plan a community event which promotes the target culture.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communities
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • explore ways to use the target language for real-world purposes in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • use the internet to find and analyze authentic materials.
  • plan a community event based on the target culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • how to navigate digital resources in the target language.
  • cultural products, practices and perspectives related to events.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • use the target language to find and analyze authentic materials and websites in a variety of tenses.
  • use the target language to find current events in the target culture.
  • use the target language to plan a school event to promote the target culture.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • interpret authentic materials.
  • use digital tools in the target language to search for materials.
  • identify and plan authentic experiences involving the target language and culture.
  • consult various sources in the language to obtain information on topics of personal interest.
  • exchange information around topics of personal interest.
  • use various media from the language and culture for entertainment.
  • attend or use media to view cultural events and social activities.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • there are a multitude of real-world implications for target language proficiency and cultural awareness.
  • the target language is used around the world every day in many different contexts.
  • the target language can help one better understand the world around them.
  • the study of world languages expands one's opportunities.
  • language is a tool to connect with the world.
  • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.