Why Language Study is ImportantIn today’s global community, competence in more than one language is an essential part of communication and cultural understanding. Study of another language not only provides individuals with the ability to express thoughts and ideas for their own purposes, but also provides them with access to perspectives and knowledge that are only available through the language and culture… The proficiencies acquired through the study of languages and literatures endow language learners with cognitive, analytical and communication skills that carry over into many other areas of their academic studies.*
Understanding the Foreign Language Curriculum DocumentThe SVSU Foreign Language curriculum aligns with a combination of The National Standards for Learning Language and the Common Core State Standards as explained by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
The Common Core State Standards contain four strands: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. These four strands are represented in the National Standards for Learning Languages by the Communications Standards (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and the level of proficiency demonstrated. In addition, the standards of the other four goal areas for learning languages – Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities – also support and are aligned with the Common Core. These standards describe the expectations to ensure all students are college, career, and world-ready.***
The Common Core strands of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are captured in the standards for learning languages goal area of Communication, by emphasizing the purpose behind the communication: