We have

STANDARDS.

Culture

It’s the center of
our planning,
not just something
we do on Friday.

Community

Bringing the class,
neighborhood, and the
world together.

Connections

Learning for a purpose
– including other
contents, careers,
and AP themes.

Comparisons

Comparing the target
cultures to other cultures,
and their own culture.

Communication

Discussing relevant
topics that native
speakers are really
talking about.

We believe that World Language class is more than learning just language. It should include a ACTFL’s 5 C’s – Communication, Cultures, Community, Comparison, Connections. Read more about ACTFL’s 5 C’s 

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIT

Planning for the 5 Cs with the Unit Planning Guides

See how to connect to the 5 Cs in every unit. Use these to get ideas on the more difficult to plan parts like community and connections. Show parents and administration how each unit covers national language teaching standards.

AT THE END OF THE UNIT

Reflect on Culture & Interculturality

Give them the time to reflect on their leraning. The essential questions are on the top of every planning sheet (the first page in the unit documents). The words (investigate, understand, products, practices, etc) are on there as a guide and are taken from ACTFL’s interculturality standards. This link has excellent examples of how this can be done in any lesson: https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/tle/TLE_JanFeb18_Article.pdf

THROUGHOUT THE LESSONS

Most lessons start with the culture as the focus, incoporate other contents and careers, and then connect back to their lives so they can make comparisons.

There is also a lesson “What is culture? (members only)” gives learners an introduction to the 3 Ps and the Aspects of Culture. They will be investigating and reflecting on these throughout the units and lessons, mostly in the target language.

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