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Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks

Letter from the Commissioner

April, 1999

Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to present to you the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework that was adopted by the Board of Education in March, 1999. This second edition of the Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework presents the new statewide guidelines for learning, teaching, and assessment in modern and classical foreign languages for the Commonwealth's public schools. Based on scholarship, sound research, and effective practice, the Framework will enable teachers and administrators to strengthen curriculum and instruction from PreKindergarten through grade 12.

I am proud of the work that has been accomplished. The comments and suggestions received on the first edition of the Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework of 1996, as well as comments on subsequent working drafts, have strengthened this new edition. I want to thank everyone who worked with us to create a high quality document that provides challenging learning standards for Massachusetts students.

We will continue to work with schools and districts in implementing the Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework over the next several years, and we encourage you to offer us your comments as you work with it. All of the curriculum frameworks are subject to continuous review and improvement, for the benefit of the students of the Commonwealth.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and commitment to achieving the goals of education reform.


David P. Driscoll
Commissioner of Education

Last Updated: January 1, 1999
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