Standards of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language
The Department of World Languages in the city of New Haven uses the ACTFL standards in teaching many languages that we offer. In the last three years, our department has aligned the ACTFL standards and goals with the Common Core standards for reading. To reach out to students who have different level of proficiency, especially those of Hispanic heritage, our department places a great emphasis on communication in the classroom as an instrument to build fluency, academically, and by strengthening the interpersonal communication skills. In addition, culture and connection are domains that our students benefit by placing the target language into a context and creating a framework of how their awareness of cultures fits into their world of knowledge and how it connects with the other subjects.
Here are a set of standards that will be used during the lessons. The standards are taken from ACTFUL website.
Interpretive Communication (Standard 1.2)
Derive meaning from expressions found in culturally authentic texts.
Understand the purpose of a message and point of view of its author.
Identify the distinguishing features (e.g. type of resource, intended audience, purpose) of authentic written and aural texts.
Cultures: Practices and Products (Standards 2.1 and 2.2)
Compare and reflect on products, practices, and/or perspectives of the target culture(s).
Connections: Reinforce Other Disciplines (Standard 3.1)
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of content across disciplines.
Comparisons: Cultures (Standard 4.2)
Evaluate similarities and differences in the perspectives of the target culture(s) and one’s own culture(s) as found in multimedia and digital/print resources.
Useful websites and YouTube videos