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what are the standard content of all target languages?

  • 1.  what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 04-30-2018 10:55
    Edited by Joseph May 04-30-2018 11:09
    Hi everyone

    I am new to ACTFL.  I currently teach American Sign Language (ASL).  I happen to read a few different language textbooks...I noticed the similarities of the curriculum in those target language, unlike ASL.  So far only one textbook (Master ASL!) used ACTFL standards, but I am looking for the content in a curriculum that all target language educators usually use to teach in their classrooms.   a good example that I happened to find from the California Dept of Education on foreign language (https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/worldlanguage2009.pdf) .  I am not going to list all stages of those content -- just first stage and I know you know what I am trying to say.


    Stage I
    1.0 Students acquire information, recognize distinctive viewpoints, and further their knowledge
    of other disciplines.
    1.1 Students address discrete elements of daily life, including:
    a. Greetings and introductions
    b. Family and friends
    c. Pets
    d. Home and neighborhood
    e. Celebrations, holidays, and rites of passage
    f. Calendar, seasons, and weather
    g. Leisure, hobbies and activities, songs, toys and games, sports
    h. Vacations and travel, maps, destinations, and geography
    i. School, classroom, schedules, subjects, numbers, time, directions
    j. Important dates in the target culture
    k. Jobs
    l. Food, meals, restaurants
    m. Shopping, clothes, colors, and sizes
    n. Parts of the body, illness
    o. Technology

    just an idea... I am looking for that from ACTFL website..where can I find those content information so I can develop my curriculum for my ASL classes.  I tried to copy the content from those target language textbooks but I could not comprehend what they were talking about, of course.  Master ASL! textbook is not sufficient for me to get a better picture of what the standard curriculum is like compared to all other target languages.

    I really hope that you can help me with this humble request.  Many thanks!

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    Paul May
    paulmay@simplyasl.com
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  • 2.  RE: what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 04-30-2018 14:11
    Hi Joseph,

    We have two publications that can help you. The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages is available for ASL: https://www.actfl.org/publications/all/world-readiness-standards-learning-languages

    It's two components, the General Standards, and then the language specific Standards. Another useful resource are the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: https://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/ncssfl-actfl-can-do-statements

    The two documents should be able to assist with you. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

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    Genevieve Borello
    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    Membership Manager
    gborello@actfl.org
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  • 3.  RE: what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 05-15-2018 10:18
    Hi Genevieve

    yes, I am going to get that ASL standards book.  I have other copies, but I believe I will need to upgrade to a newer version with can-do statements.  My older versions focused on 5 C's.  I got to read some here online...very informative!!  Very helpful!

    I'm still spelunking!

    I always appreciate your help!  Thank you.

    Paul


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    Paul May
    North Greenville University
    paulmaysc@gmail.com
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  • 4.  RE: what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 05-01-2018 08:30
    I am new to ACTFL also!  I just ordered the kindle version of ASL standards along with the hard copy of ACTFL standards.  I am very interested in learning more information.  I am in Upstate NY. I would like to chat more specifically about ASL and the standards.

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    Judy Weakley
    judyaweakley@gmail.com
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  • 5.  RE: what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 05-02-2018 00:51
    If you're from California, Paul, then you probably know that our State Standards are being revised and they are looking for people to apply to give input on creating a Framework.  You should apply as I think it would be good to have representation from ASL to help give input.

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    Tom Beeman
    High School Spanish Teacher
    California Virtual Academies
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  • 6.  RE: what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 05-15-2018 10:12
    Edited by Joseph May 05-15-2018 10:21
    Hi Tom.  I'm from South Carolina!  Pretty far away from California! :-)  I'm glad I got to check out the California standards...I bookmarked it.  Many thanks!!

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    Joseph May
    North Greenville University
    paulmaysc@gmail.com
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  • 7.  RE: what are the standard content of all target languages?

    Posted 05-02-2018 09:37
    Paul, gracias for share with us this link, is very important to know what the others states curriculum are.

    I used sometimes this website from New York, really good content! UnboundEd

    I am sure you will benefit with it.

    Feliz día,

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    Claudia Izquierdo
    Director
    www.onlinefreespanish.com
    Aisolutionsadt@gmail.com
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