Introduction to Wisconsin Standards
for Learning World Languages
Connections & Communities: Learn...
The Connections standards provide a broader concept of the content within the language classroom. A context needs to be established for communication. The pool of potential content in a language classroom is virtually limitless.
The Communities standards reminds teachers to look beyond the four walls of the classroom in their instruction, to make sure that students see how to apply the skills and knowledge gained in that classroom.
As stated in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, Executive Summary (http://www.actfl.org):
Students can relate the information studied in other subjects to their learning of the foreign language and culture. Foreign language instruction thus becomes a means to expand and deepen students' understanding of, and exposure to other areas of knowledge. The new information and concepts presented in one class become the basis of continued learning in the foreign language classroom.
As a consequence of learning another language and gaining access to its unique means of communication, students are able to broaden the sources of information available to them. At the early stages students can examine a variety of sources intended for native speakers and extract specific information. With increased proficiency they can seek out materials of interest to them, analyze the content, compare it to information available in their own language and assess the linguistic and cultural differences.
This standard focuses on language as a tool for communication with speakers of the language throughout one's life: in schools, in the community, and abroad. Students come to realize the advantages inherent in being able to communicate in more than one language and develop an understanding of the power of language.
Students who study a language can use their skills to further enrich their personal lives by accessing various entertainment and information sources available to speakers of the language. Some may further develop their language skills and understanding of the culture through travel to communities and countries where the language is used extensively.
Please read Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages guide, pp. 11-14. Focus on content related to connections and communities.Then read pp. 182-183, "Program Enrichment Opportunities," pp. 191-197 "Why Language Learning Matters," and pp. 198-199 "Why Learn Another Language."
Next: Connections & Communities: