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by Erica Fischer on Jul 7, 2010

Calico Spanish Meets or Exceeds the ACTFL Standards for Spanish Language Learning

The Calico Spanish curriculum allows teachers to teach K-5 students Spanish through an interactive immersion method. Calico Spanish meets or exceeds the requirements set in “Standards for Learning Spanish” outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The Standards requirements are developed around five goals for language learners: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. These five goals ensure that a curriculum effectively prepares students to succeed in a multilingual world.

Calico Spanish Level One provides an interactive introduction to Spanish and meets or exceeds each of the goals within the five C’s (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.) Details are presented in the Calico Spanish Standards for Language Learning document.

An overview of the goals as presented in the ACTFL standards documents follows.

Goal One: Communication
Communicate in Spanish

1.1-Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions.

1.2-Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topic.

1.3 -Students present information, concepts and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Goal Two: Cultures
Gain knowledge and Understanding of the Cultures of the World

2.1-Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.

2.2- Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspective of Hispanic cultures.

Goal Three: Connections
Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information

3.1- Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through Spanish

3.2- Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the Spanish language and its cultures

Goal Four: Comparisons
Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons between Hispanic cultures and their own.

4.2- Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisions between Hispanic cultures and their own.

Goal Five: Communities
Participate in Communities at Home and Around the World

5.1- Students use Spanish both within and beyond the school setting.

5.2- Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using Spanish for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Click here to view the Calico Spanish Standards document and learn how Calico Spanish specifically meets each requirement listed above.

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Erica Fischer
Erica is the founder and CEO of Calico Spanish. Her passion for teaching her own children to speak Spanish led her to create Calico Spanish. Our mission is to give all children the opportunity to learn to speak real Spanish for life.

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