World Language

World Language Overview                                                  
Adopted: November 2016

The curriculum standards of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages ask students to learn to use the language to communicate with native speakers and understand “the perspectives, practices, and products of another culture” (ACTFL 21st Century World Languages Skills Map 2001, p. 4).  

Students who are proficient in another language have “the ability to use language in real world situations in a spontaneous interaction and non-rehearsed context and in a manner acceptable and appropriate to native speakers of the language” (ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, 2012, p. 4). This proficiency is divided among three levels of performance: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. Taking into account the grade levels at which a World Language is begun and the time that students have for learning, the World Language teachers of SAU 50 have determined the grade levels and the performance levels that students can meet. Students in SAU 50 can complete the Novice level by the end of 8th grade. This provides the foundation for students to move to the Intermediate Level as they begin high school.

Currently French and/or Spanish is offered in SAU 50 schools.

More information can be found at: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


ACTFL 21st century World Languages Skills Map 2011. (2011, March). Retrieved from

Duncan, G., & Swender, E. (2012). ACTFL performance descriptors for language learners. Alexandria, VA: ACTFL.

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