Curriculum and Standards

The many State and National Standards that guide lesson and thematic unit design in this class are listed below.

World Language Content Standards- National and State

ACTFL's World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

California Content Standards for World Language, adopted by the State of California in 2009

21st Century Skills

P21 is a partnership between business and education, promoting the twelve 21st Century skills employers are most looking for in todays' job market g, and providing "21st Century Skills Maps" in every subject area on how to better engage and motivate 21st Century Learners:
1. Communication
Students as effective communicators use languages to engage in meaningful conversation, to
understand and interpret spoken language and written text, and to present information, concepts,
and ideas.
2. Collaboration
Students as collaborators use their native and acquired languages to learn from and work
cooperatively across cultures with global team members, sharing responsibility and making
necessary compromises while working toward a common goal.
3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Students as inquirers frame, analyze, and synthesize information as well as negotiate meaning
across language and culture in order to explore problems and issues from their own and different
4. Creativity and Innovation
Students as creators and innovators respond to new and diverse perspectives as they use
language in imaginative and original ways to make useful contributions.
5. Information Literacy
Students as informed global citizens access, manage, and effectively use culturally authentic
sources in ethical and legal ways.
6. Media Literacy
Students as active global citizens evaluate authentic sources to understand how media reflect and
influence language and culture.
7. Technology Literacy
Students as productive global citizens use appropriate technologies when interpreting messages,
interacting with others, and producing written, oral, and visual messages.
8. Flexibility and Adaptability
Students as flexible and adaptable language learners are open-minded, willing to take risks, and
accept the ambiguity of language while balancing diverse global perspectives.
9. Initiative and Self-Direction
Students as life-long learners are motivated to set their own goals and reflect on their progress as
they grow and improve their linguistic and cultural competence.
10. Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Students as adept language learners understand diverse cultural perspectives and use appropriate
socio-linguistic skills in order to function in diverse cultural and linguistic contexts.
11. Productivity and Accountability
Students as productive and accountable learners take responsibility for their own learning by
actively working to increase their language proficiency and cultural knowledge.
12. Leadership and Responsibility
Students as responsible leaders leverage their linguistic and cross-cultural skills to inspire others to
be fair, accepting, open, and understanding within and beyond the local community.


For more information, please download the following two documents, or go to the website Click here for the website:

21st Century Skills Framework

21st Century Skills Map for World Languages

Digital Citizenship

Whether you're a digital native (students) or digital immigrant (parents and teachers), this is the essential guide.

Introduction to Digital Citizenship

Alignment to the Common Core

Luckily being a World Language teacher has given me lots of practice in using authentic texts and resources and completing real-world tasks in the classroom. Think Common Core has nothing to do with World Languages? Think again!

Common Core State Standards Alignment to World Languages

Advanced Placement Themes and Contexts

"AP begins in Level 1" is a common expression heard from AP World Language teachers. The themes below that we will be working with in Levels 1, 2 and 3 will help to develop the vocabulary and skills needed to be successful in AP and college-level language classes.

AP Spanish Language College Board website


AP Themes and Contexts

Global Challenges
· Economic Issues
· Environmental Issues
· Philosophical Thought and Religion
· Population and Demographics
· Social Welfare
· Social Conscience
· Diversity Issues
· Health Issues
· Human Rights
· Nutrition and Food Safety
· Peace and War

Science and Technology
· Access to Technology
· Effects of Technology on Self and Society
· Health Care and Medicine
· Innovations
· Natural Phenomena
· Science and Ethics
· Current Research Topics
· Future Technologies
· Intellectual Property
· The New Media
· Social Impact of Technology

Contemporary Life
· Education and Careers
· Entertainment
· Travel and Leisure
· Lifestyles
· Relationships
· Social Customs and Values
· Volunteerism
· Advertising and Marketing
· Holidays and Celebrations
· Leisure and Sports
· Rites of Passage

Personal and Public Identities
· Alienation and Assimilation
· Heroes and Historical Figures
· National and Ethnic Identities
· Personal Beliefs
· Personal Interests
· Self-Image
· Gender and Sexuality
· Language and Identity
· Multiculturalism
· Nationalism and Patriotism

Families and Communities
· Customs and Values
· Education Communities
· Family Structure
· Global Citizenship
· Human Geography
· Social Networking
· Age and Class
· Childhood and Adolescence
· Friendship and Love

Beauty and Aesthetics
· Architecture
· Defining Beauty
· Defining Creativity
· Fashion and Design
· Language and Literature
· Visual and Performing Arts
· Contributions to World Artistic Heritage
· Music