New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
May 1996

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World Language Standards And Progress Indicators
Standard 7.1:
All Students Will Be Able To Communicate At A Basic Literacy Level In At Least One Language Other Than English

Descriptive Statement: Meaningful communication is the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information through speech, gestures, behavior, or a combination of these. It is through communication that we express ourselves and transmit or receive information. For these exchanges to be meaningful, students need to communicate about, understand, and interpret written or spoken language on a variety of topics in the language studied. The key to successful communication is knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom. This standard thus focuses on interpersonal communication.

Cumulative Progress Indicators

By the end of Grade 4, students:

1.

Respond to and initiate simple statements and commands such as greetings, introductions, and leave-taking.

2.

Express attitudes, reactions, and courtesy using short phrases and simple sentences.

3.

Express likes, dislikes, and preferences.

4.

Describe people, places, things, and events using short phrases and simple sentences.

5.

Provide and obtain information on familiar topics.

6.

Express basic personal needs.

7.

Identify some common and distinct features, such as parts of speech and vocabulary, among languages.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 8, students:

8.

Create and respond to simple phrases, questions and sentences.

9.

Describe people, places, things, and events with some details.

10.

Generate and respond to short messages such as invitations, directions, announcements, and appointments.

11.

Interact with appropriate responses in limited social settings and basic situations.

12.

Express details of their everyday lives and of past experiences.

13.

Engage in original and spontaneous conversation in the language studied.

14.

Organize thoughts into coherent oral speech.

15.

Explore employment opportunities where languages are advantageous.

16.

Identify common and distinct features, such as prepositional phrases and clauses, among languages.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 12, students:

17.

Communicate and interact in a limited range of task-oriented and social situations.

18.

Respond to statements and initiate and sustain conversations with increasing linguistic accuracy.

19.

Understand a sustained conversation on a number of topics.

20.

Comprehend fluent speakers in everyday situations .

21.

Communicate orally with increasing logic and accuracy.

22.

Research language-related employment opportunities.

23.

Identify common and distinct features, such as grammatical structures, among languages.

 

 

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