for use in guiding curriculum and instruction in place of the Massachusetts State Framework
Why endorse the World-Readiness Standards?
The Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Foreign Languages has not been updated since 1999… yes, that’s over 15 years that the guiding document for world language curriculum and instruction in Massachusetts has not been revised! With little expectation that our Framework will be updated in the near future, MaFLA made the decision to endorse the national World-Readiness Standards to provide teachers and curriculum leaders across the state with a high-quality resource that can serve as a “roadmap to guide learners to develop competence to communicate effectively and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world” (ACTFL, 2015).
How can I use the World-Readiness Standards?
In addition to the Standards that guide curriculum overall, there are language-specific guidelines for all of the major languages of instruction (from French and Spanish to Latin, Arabic, and ASL). When aligning curriculum with the World-Readiness Standards, you will also be able to more easily integrate other national resources and guidelines, such as the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. This suite of resources can be used across languages to assist in the development of high-quality curriculum and assessments, as well as teacher professional development. Additionally, ACTFL’s Keys books are an indispensable series for all department libraries as well: “The Keys to the Classroom” for new teachers, “The Keys to Assessing Language Performance,” “The Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit and Lesson Design,” and to be released shortly, “The Keys to Enhancing Student Learning Through Instructional Design.”