THE HISD WORLD LANGUAGES (LOTE) DEPARTMENT
Listen to an Introduction to Core Practices
The ACTFL six core practices for language learning are:
- Facilitate target language comprehensibility.
- Guide learners through interpreting authentic resources.
- Design oral interpersonal comunication tasks.
- Plan with backward design model.
- Teach grammar as concept and use in context.
- Provide appropriate oral feedback.
LITERACY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING
(Excerpt) The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) describes six components of 21st century literacy (2013):
- Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of information.
- Design and share information for global communities.
- Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others.
- Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology.
- Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts.
- Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by complex environments.
WORLD READINESS STANDARDS
Read the World Readiness Standards (ACTFL)
The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages are a roadmap for learners to develop competence in five goal areas to successfully participate in multilingual communities:
- Communication (three modes: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational)
- Cultures (practices, perspectives and products)
- Connections (connect to other disciplines, aquire information and different perspectives)
- Comparisons (language and culture comparisons)
- Communities (use in global community and become a lifelong learner)
Read the Can-do Statements
National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) provide a guide for:
- Language learners to identify and set learning goals and chart their progress towards language and intercultural proficiency;
- Educators to write communication learning targets for curriculum, unit and lesson plans;
- Stakeholders to clarify how well learners at different stages can communicate.
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES (ACTFL)
Founded in 1967, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) provides guidance to language educators, advocates for the learning of languages, and influences legislation such as the 19 TAC Chapter 114. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English.
"The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher." (Retried from ACTFL)
[Information on this page retrieved and used with permission from ACTFL.]