ERIC Number: ED412759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Crosswalks: Pacesetter Spanish and the National Standards.
College Board, New York, NY.
The content and objectives of the Pacesetter Spanish course, developed by the College Board, are compared with those of the "National Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the Twenty-First Century," published in 1996 and are generally adopted by the foreign language teaching community. The comparison begins with the curricular focus, noting the correspondence between the course's three specific outcomes and the five goals stated in the "Standards." Next, ways in which the Pacesetter course meets the national standards' goals in grades eight and twelve are assessed by comparing sample progress indicators in the standards and Pacesetter course outcomes statements for the same grade levels. Finally, two modules of the Pacesetter Spanish unit 1 are described and compared with progress indicators from the national standards. It is concluded that there is a high degree of concordance between the course and the national standards. It is noted that the Pacesetter Spanish course is designed as a high school course, whereas the standards envision longer sequences of study and present twelfth-grade progress indicators that may be difficult for Pacesetter Spanish students to achieve. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board, New York, NY.