Modern Languages Level II Version: GPS 08-09
Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Foreign Language
Strand: Connections, Comparisons, Communities
Students will use information acquired in the study of the target language and information acquired in other subject areas to reinforce one another.
Give examples of the influence of the target language and culture(s) on other
subject areas, such as foreign words in the English language.
Relate information acquired in other subjects discussed in the language class,
such as the use of the metric system.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between the culture(s) studied and those of the students‚€™ own culture.
Compare and contrast traditions, such as holidays, foods, and celebrations.
Compare and contrast social conventions of the target culture(s) with the students‚€™ own cultures, such as handshaking and kissing on the cheek.
Compare and contrast the geography of the countries of the target language and the students‚€™ own country and discuss its impact on culture.
Students will develop a better understanding of the English language through the study of the target language.
Compare vocabulary usage and structural patterns of the target language with English.
Use level-appropriate idiomatic expressions in the target language.
Students will identify current events and issues in the target culture(s).
Give information regarding major current events of the target culture(s).
Understand the impact of major current events on the target culture(s).
Students will develop and apply target language skills and cultural knowledge
beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.
Illustrate how the target language and culture(s) studied are evident in and
through media, entertainment, and technology.
Locate and use resources in the target language, such as individuals and
organizations accessible through the community or the Internet to reinforce
basic cultural knowledge.
Strand: Cultural Perspectives,Practices and Products
Students will understand perspectives, practices, and products of the cultures where the target language is spoken and how they are interrelated.
Participate in real or simulated cultural events, such as family activities and
Identify patterns of behavior typically associate with cultures, such as eating
and shopping customs, leisure activities, and celebration of national holidays.
Examine the influence of the geography of the countries studied on cultural
elements such as food, clothing, dwellings, transportation, language, and art.
Strand: Communication (Interpersonal)
Students will exchange spoken and written information in the target language, utilizing cultural references where appropriate.
Express needs and preferences.
Express feelings and emotions.
Request help and clarification.
Give and follow directions and instructions.
Ask questions and provide responses based on topics such as self, others, and the immediate environment.
Ask questions and provide responses about plans and events.
Students will demonstrate skills necessary to initiate, sustain, and close oral and written exchanges in the target language.
Initiate, participate in, and close an oral or written exchange.
Use simple paraphrasing to convey and comprehend messages.
Use gestures and body language to convey and comprehend messages.
Demonstrate Novice-Mid to Novice-High proficiency in oral and written exchanges with respect to proper pronunciation, intonation, and writing mechanics.
Strand: Communication (Interpretive)
The students will understand spoken and written language on new and familiar topics presented through a variety of media in the target language, including authentic materials.
Identify main ideas and essential details when reading and listening.
Interpret culturally authentic materials and information.
Comprehend and follow oral and written instructions.
Demonstrate Novice-Mid to Novice-High proficiency in listening and reading
Students will interpret verbal and non-verbal cues to understand spoken and written messages in the target language. The students:
Differentiate among increasingly complex statements, questions, and
Interpret basic gestures, body language, and intonation that clarify a
Strand: Communication (Presentational)
Students will present information orally and in writing using familiar and newly-acquired vocabulary, phrases, and patterns.
Relate main ideas and essential details from level-appropriate print or non-
Give brief, organized oral presentations, using visual and technological
support as appropriate.
Write short, organized compositions, using visual and technological
support as appropriate.
Demonstrate Novice-Mid to Novice-High proficiency in oral and written
presentations with respect to proper pronunciation, intonation, and writing
Students will present rehearsed and unrehearsed material in the target language, such as skits, poems, short narratives, and songs.
Demonstrate Novice-Mid to Novice-High proficiency in pronunciation and
intonation when presenting material.
Demonstrate comprehension of material.