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Model Academic Standards for Learning Languages Other Than English

The 1997 Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Foreign Languages reflect the goal areas of the national academic Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century (1996). The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (2015) build upon these identified goal areas to define college, career and world-readiness through world language learning. This version of the Standards includes targeted attention to literacy and 21st century skill development. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages published revised performance indicators benchmarked by language proficiency level in November of 2017. The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements include new intercultural communication learning goals representing intercultural investigations and interactions. These benchmarks provide goals for helping students investigate cultural products and practices to understand cultural perspectives and to interact with others in and from other cultures. The Department of Public Instruction is committed to supporting local school communities as they develop and implement standards and proficiency-based world language education programs for a world-ready Wisconsin. Review and potential revision of our State Standards for World Languages will add value to this process.

For more information, please contact DPI World Languages and International Education Consultant, Pam Delfosse at