World Languages :

“Knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom.”


Colorado Academic World Languages Standards:

“Knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom.”


Colorado Academic World Languages Standards 2010-our 4 C's

(the 5th C (community) is integrated into the other 4 and in other parts of the document)

1. Communication: Communication in Languages Other Than English

  • 1.1 Interpersonal mode:
    • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • (Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.)
  • 1.2 Interpretive mode:
    • Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
    • (Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.)
  • 1.3 Presentational mode:
    • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
    • (Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.)

2. Cultures: Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

  • 2.1 Cultural practices and perspectives:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
    • (Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.)
  • 2.2 Cultural products and perspectives:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
    • (Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.)

3. Connections: Connections with Other Disciplines and Information Acquisition

  • 3.1 Connections to other disciplines:
    • Reinforce and further knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
    • (Learners build, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively.)
  • 3.2 Acquiring new information:
    • Acquire information and recognize the distinct viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
    • (Learners access and evaluate information and diverse perspectives that are available through the language and its cultures.)

4. Comparisons: Comparisons to Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

  • 4.1 Language comparisons:
    • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    • (Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.)
  • 4.2 Cultural comparisons:
    • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
    • (Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.)

Prepared Graduate Competencies (PGC)


Communication in Languages Other Than English
  1. Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. (Interpersonal mode)
  2. Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. (Interpretive mode)
  3. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics. (Presentational mode)

Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Connections with Other Disciplines and Information Acquisition
  1. Reinforce and further knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  2. Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

Comparisons to Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Ranges-PreK-13 Ranges: What students are able to know, understand and be able to do?(Resources: ACTFL Proficiency Guidelinesread the page and click on the menu on the left for more details and examples of ACTFL Proficiency levels.

Advanced-low
Intermediate-High
Intermediate-Mid-reference
Intermediate-Low
Novice-High
Novice-Mid
Novice-Low

(Note: A score of "3" on the AP World Language Exam relates to Intermediate-mid and a score of "5" on the AP exam is comparable to Intermediate-high, approaching Advanced-low.)


Language learners can be expected to move through levels of proficiency at different rates. In addition, language learners may demonstrate differing proficiencies depending upon the communicative mode in which they are functioning (interpersonal, interpretive, or presentational).