MaFLA is proud to endorse the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages for use in guiding curriculum and instruction.
Why endorse the World-Readiness Standards?
MaFLA has endorsed 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.”