Common Core State Standards
The Common Core Standards were implemented in 2010, and as part of these standards students are encouraged to collaborate more, think critically, be creative and communicate. In 2013 the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages were introduced and the four strands of the Common Core State Standards, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language were represented in the Communication standards. According to ACTFL <<the standards of the other four goals 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.>>
My research project adheres to many of the world-readiness standards for learning languages. Students covered all areas of the communication goal; they interacted with each other sharing information and opinions, they understood, interpreted and analyzed the song and they had to present it their class and greater members of their community. They made connections by expanding their knowledge of other disciplines (ie music) and had to discuss and decided upon the key 15 words of vocabulary with their fellow classmates. Students also covered the communities aspect of the standards since they used language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world.
This is interesting article, which shows how foreign language teachers were already using many of the skills in their classes as defined by the Common Core Standards. Click on the article below to read more: