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California World Language Stanards


Developing Global Competency and Literacy

To succeed in the twenty-first century, in addition to proficiency in English and subject-specific content literacy, today’s students need to develop communicative and cultural proficiency and literacy in several of the world’s languages and cultures. The ability to communicate on a wide variety of topics, in culturally appropriate ways, and in multiple target-culture settings, demonstrates how these literacies increase intercultural understanding and the effectiveness of collaborative international endeavors in today’s technologically-driven global economy. Student success in an interconnected world, their college and career readiness, and global citizenship, depend on learners’ effective use of language and cross-cultural communication skills.

The World Languages Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve address the literacies of the 21st Century Skills Map for World Languages, with pointed focus on:  Information Literacy through which students, as “informed global citizens”, access, manage, and effectively use culturally authentic sources in ethical and legal ways; Technology Literacy through which students as “productive global citizens” use appropriate technologies when interpreting messages, interacting with others, and producing written, oral, manual, and visual messages; Media Literacy through which students as “active global citizens” evaluate authentic sources to understand how media reflect and influence language and culture; and Emotional Literacy through which students as “emotionally intelligent global citizens” develop self-awareness, build community, and interact with understanding and empathy.

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