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Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks

Appendix D: Sample Program Entry Points and
Expected Outcomes

The Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Framework calls for students to reach a Stage 4 proficiency level* in at least one language other than English by the end of grade 12. In order to reach Stage 4, students need to begin a foreign language program in elementary school and continue uninterrupted foreign language study through grade 12.

However, at the time of this writing, most language programs in Massachusetts do not start in elementary school. Therefore, expected outcomes for some sample entry points into sequential language programs are listed below. These expected outcomes can assist teachers and administrators in foreign language program development, expansion, and articulation.

Students who start a sequential language program in K or Grade 1 are expected to reach

  • Stage 1 at the end of grade 4
  • Stage 2 at the end of grade 8
  • Stage 3 at the end of grade 10
  • Stage 4 at the end of grade 12

Students who start a sequential language program in grade 6 are expected to reach

  • Stage 1 at the end of grade 8
  • Stage 2 at the end of grade 10
  • Stage 3 at the end of grade 12

Students who start a sequential language program in grade 9 are expected to reach

  • Stage 1 at the end of grade 10
  • Stage 2 at the end of grade 12

Students who start a sequential language program in grade 9 or above are expected to reach

  • Stage 1 after two years of study

Sample Program Entry Points and Expected Outcomes

Start in...

Reach proficiency stage...

When?

K or grade 1 1
2
3
4
end of grade 4
end of grade 8
end of grade 10
grade 12
Grade 6 1
2
3
end of grade 8
end of grade 10
end of grade 12
Grade 9 1
2
end of grade 10
end of grade 12
Grade 9 or above 1 after two years

* Goto The Developmental Stages Of Language Proficiency for descriptions of the developmental stages in language proficiency for modern and classical languages.





Last Updated: January 1, 1999
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