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WORLD LANGUAGES

A A student should be able to communicate in two or more languages, one of which is English.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. understand written and oral communication in two or more languages;
  2. write and speak understandably in two or more languages;
  3. use two or more languages effectively in real life situations; and
  4. use two or more languages to learn new information in academic subjects.
B A student should expand the student's knowledge of peoples and cultures through language study.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. understand the relationship between language and culture;
  2. learn about and experience surface characteristics of the culture, including art, cuisine, dance, dress, geography, history, music, and literature;
  3. learn about and experience deep characteristics of the culture, including folkways, mores, laws, traditions, customs, and patterns of behavior;
  4. improve the student's understanding of the student's language and culture through experiences with other languages and cultures;
  5. apply knowledge of the functions and structure of one language to the study of another language; and
  6. recognize through language study that all cultures contribute to the global society.
C A student should possess the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary to participate successfully in multilingual communities and the international marketplace.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. interact appropriately in multilingual communities through various means, including printed and electronic media, audio and visual sources, face-to-face conversations, penpals, and travel;
  2. use experiences with language and culture to explore the student's personal interests and career options;
  3. learn how language skills and cultural knowledge enhance a person's competitiveness in the international marketplace; and
  4. apply language skills and cultural knowledge to enhance the student's intellectual and social growth and to promote life-long learning.
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