Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages

World Languages

Modern Languages

Standard 1: Students will be able to use a language other than English for communication.

Key Idea: LISTENING & SPEAKING are primary communicative goals in modern language learning. These skills are used for the purposes of socializing, providing and acquiring information, expressing personal feelings and opinions, and getting others to adopt a course of action.

Performance Indicators--Students will:

  • Checkpoint A
    • comprehend language consisting of simple vocabulary and structures in face-to-face conversation with peers and familiar adults
    • comprehend the main idea of more extended conversations with some unfamiliar vocabulary and structures as well as cognates of English words
    • call upon repetition, rephrasing, and nonverbal cues to derive or convey meaning from a language other than English
    • use appropriate strategies to initiate and engage in simple conversations with more fluent or native speakers of the same age group, familiar adults, and providers of common public services
  • Checkpoint B
    • comprehend messages and short conversations when listening to peers, familiar adults, and providers of public services either in face-to-face interactions or on the telephone
    • understand the main idea and some discrete information in television, radio, or live presentations
    • initiate and sustain conversations, face to face or on the phone, with native-speaking or more fluent individuals
    • select vocabulary appropriate to a range of topics, employ simple and complex sentences in present, past, and future time frames, and express details and nuances by using appropriate modifiers
    • exhibit spontaneity in their interactions, particularly when the topic is familiar, but often rely on familiar utterances
    • use repetition and circumlocution as well as gestures and other nonverbal cues to sustain conversation
  • Checkpoint C
    • understand standard speech delivered in most authentic settings
    • understand the main ideas and significant relevant details of extended discussions or presentations, and on recorded songs, feature programs on radio and television, movies, and other media designed for use by native speakers
    • draw on a wide range of language forms, vocabulary, idioms, and structures learned in class as well as those acquired through independent exposure to the language
    • comprehend subtler, nuanced details of meaning with some repetition and rephrasing
    • engage in extended discussions with native or fluent speakers on a broad range of topics that extend beyond their daily lives and are of general interest to the target cultures
Last Updated: December 10, 2014