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World Languages Learning Standards Toolkit

Here are key resources for districts, schools, and teachers interested in implementing a standards-based curriculum. Because Washington’s World Languages Learning Standards are aligned to the national standards, we have access to a wealth of resources for our World Languages Learning Standards Toolkit. Many of them may be downloaded for free.

Getting Started | Preparing Teachers | Evaluating Implementation | Exploring Other States

Getting Started

  • Standards Order Form on the ACTFL Web site
    Every school should consider ordering a copy of the complete Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century book for the world languages department. The book provides background on the standards and language study in the United States, along with specific sections for these languages: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Languages, French (K-16), German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Preparing Teachers

  • STARTALK Online Curriculum Guide for Standards-Aligned Curriculum Templates
    STARTALK is a federal grants program that funds summer language programs in critical languages. The grant is coordinated by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK teachers and researchers have developed a rich array of standards-based training materials that can bring the standards to life.

Evaluating Implementation of Standards

  • World Language Standards Reflection – Chinese - Elementary (PDF)
    This simple reflection form developed for the Chinese FLAP grant-funded program in Seattle does not take long to complete, but it reminds teachers to develop awareness of when and how they are incorporating the Standards (all 5 “C’s” – Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) in their programs.

Exploring Other States’ Standards and Resources

  • Nebraska K-12 Foreign Language Frameworks (PDF)
    Nebraska’s Frameworks include Progress Indicators for students at three benchmarks: Beginning, Developing, and Expanding. These may be a helpful reference for teachers teaching at different levels of language courses (Level I vs. Level III or AP). The extensive Learning Scenarios provide an even more concrete example with step-by-step instructions of how the standards can inform instructional practice on specific topics, such as art or international trade.


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