The Curricular and Instructional Guidance for World Languages is designed to facilitate the acquisition of, or continued development in, a target language.
In alignment with the nationally recognized and research-based standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), language programs prioritize functional language for communicative ability.
The World-Readiness Standards make it imperative that our work incorporate the 5 C’s Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. This happens first by taking a stance of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, one that acknowledges that all students enter a World Language classroom with their own assets of language and culture. The work of the course is then to act as a facilitative connection with target-language speaking communities in Philadelphia, the US, and around the world. Likewise, resources used in World Language courses should reflect the diversity of the target-language speaking communities and of our schools, and lead to target-language interactions that foster the five pursuits of Historically Responsive Education (Identity, Skills, Intellect, Criticality, and Joy).