ERIC Number: ED394279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century.
National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, Yonkers, NY.
National Standards in Foreign Language Education, a collaborative project of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, American Association of Teachers of French, American Association of Teachers of German, and American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, has developed basic standards for foreign language education at the elementary and secondary school levels. The standards reflect five educational goal areas: communication skills; understanding the cultures associated with languages; interconnectedness of language and other bodies of knowledge; comparisons that offer insight into the nature of language and culture; and participation in multilingual communities. The report begins with a statement of philosophy, background information on the principles behind and development of standards for foreign language study, and notes on language study in the United States. Then the five educational goal areas are discussed in greater depth, and 34 sample "learning scenarios," in which classroom activities reflect the standards outlined, are described. The scenarios were collected from teachers around the country and reflect a wide variety of programs, languages, and school settings. The report concludes with some frequently-asked questions. A list of additional readings in appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, Yonkers, NY.
Note: Separately published seven-page "Executive Summary," has been appended.