New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
May 1996

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World Language Standards And Progress Indicators
Standard 7.2:
All Students Will Be Able To Demonstrate An Understanding Of The Interrelationship Between Language And Culture For At Least One World Language In Addition To English

Descriptive Statement: The acquisition of another language focuses attention on how language and culture interacts. This interaction helps students reflect on cultural patterns and thus gain insight into their own language and culture. Exploration of a new culture helps students to frame issues about their own world view while investigating another. Comparing and contrasting languages and cultures promotes cross-cultural discourse and understanding which are at the heart of the humanities.

Cumulative Progress Indicators

By the end of Grade 4, students:

1.

Demonstrate an awareness of culture.

2.

Demonstrate knowledge of the cultures of speakers of the language studied.

3.

Recognize interrelationships between the language and the culture of a given group of people.

4.

Recognize and explore the process of stereotyping.

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

5.

Compare the customs of their own culture and the studied culture.

6.

Understand the role of stereotyping in forming and sustaining prejudice.

7.

Demonstrate an awareness of contributions made in many fields by men and women of diverse cultures.

8.

Examine interrelationships between the language and the culture of a given group of people as evidenced in literary works.

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

9.

Recognize and understand verbal and nonverbal cues within a culture.

10.

Explore and discuss similarities and differences among various cultures.

11.

Explore and discuss representative works of diverse cultures in many fields of endeavor.

12.

Analyze interrelationships between the language and the culture of a given group of people, as evidenced in their literary works and communications, as well as in their political, economic, and religious structures.

13.

Use technology to enhance language acquisition and to acquire current cultural information in order to develop more accurate impressions of the culture studied.

 

 

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