Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages

World Languages

Modern Languages

Standard 2: Students will develop cross-cultural skills and understandings.

Key Idea: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION involves meanings that go beyond words and require an understanding of perceptions, gestures, folklore, and family and community dynamics. All of these elements can affect whether and how well a message is received.  

Performance Indicators--Students will:

  • Checkpoint A
    • use some key cultural traits of the societies in which the target language is spoken
  • Checkpoint B
    • exhibit more comprehensive knowledge of cultural traits and patterns
    • draw comparisons between societies
    • recognize that there are important linguistic and cultural variations among groups that speak the same target language
    • understand how words, body language, rituals, and social interactions influence communication
  • Checkpoint C
    • demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of cultural nuances in a target language culture
    • model how spoken language, body language, and social interaction influence communication
    • use appropriate registers
    • write in the target language in a manner that articulates similarities and differences in cultural behaviors
Last Updated: December 10, 2014