Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Framework Jennifer Scott Rochelle McFarland Andrea MarianelaIoakim Jason Tierney
PROS No MCAS within the foreign language curriculum The curriculum requirements are easily divided into the 5 “C”’s and 8 Standards for easily assessing a student’s success. Since there is no MCAS the foreign language department is usually the first to experience downsizing and budget cuts. Advantages of Disadvantages of the Foreign Language Curriculum Framework CONS
1. Communication 2. Cultures 3. Comparisons 4. Connections 5. Communities The 5 C’s of the Foreign Language Curriculum
Unlike other Standards and Frameworks, success within a foreign language is measured in levels of a student’s Proficiency within their target foreign language. There are 4 possible levels of foreign language Proficiency, levels attained by students depend on the following; What year, or grade, did the student begin his/her study of the foreign language? In which year did the student terminate his/her foreign language study? Did the student successfully meet and accomplish the Learning Standards within the Proficiency level? How is success measured in the Foreign Language Curriculum?
Stage 1- Reached in grade 4 in a PreK-4 sequence in grade 8 in a 6-8 sequence in grade 10 in an 8-10 sequence Stage 2- Reached at the end of grade 8 in a preK-8 sequence in grade 10 in a 6-10 sequence Stage 3- Reached at the end of grade 10 in a PreK-10 sequence Stage 4- This level is attained only at the end of grade 12 if a student has been in foreign language classes from K-12. It is very rare we will have students reach this stage. The 4 Levels of ProficiencyEach “C” has its own requirements for Proficiency
Communities Students participate in communities at home and around the world in other languages. PreK- 12 Standard 8 Students will use languages other than English within and beyond the school setting.