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Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks

Sample Topics

Proficiency Level Topics for listening, speaking, reading, and writing

Stage 1:

at the end of

  • grade 4 in a PreK-4 sequence
  • grade 8 in a 6-8 sequence
  • grade 10 in a 8-10 sequence

personal biographical information
family
friends
house and home
school and classroom
school subjects and schedules
leisure activities
likes and dislikes
clothing
size
quantity
pets and animals
weather
seasons
colors
shapes
numbers
days
dates

months
time
daily routines
foods / eating customs
directions
contributions from target culture to U.S. (people, places, names, borrowed vocabulary, etc.)
age-appropriate literature such as myths, stories, rhymes
performing and visual arts
music
sports and games
geography
symbols and signs
money and prices
shopping
major holidays / celebrations
gestures within social context

Stage 2:

at the end of

  • grade 8 in a PreK-8 sequence
  • grade 10 in a 6-10 sequence

Stage 1 Topics and...
professions and work
extracurricular interests
transportation and travel
historical and cultural figures
current places and events
fashion
social relationships, gender roles
memories
literature such as short stories and poetry
school / vacation / meal schedules of target culture

topics from other disciplines: topography, geography, problem solving, folklore, the environment, the arts, world events
vacations
parties / celebrations
maps, geographical features
mass media presentations (T.V., radio, cinema, Internet)
landmarks
important historical events

Stage 3:

at the end of

  • grade 10 in a PreK-10 sequence
  • grade 12 in a 6- 12 sequence

Topics from Stages 1 and 2 and...
history
cultures
civilizations
scientific advances
careers
health issues

social issues
future plans
government
environmental issues
political and social issues
stereotypes
belief systems

Stage 4:

at the end of

  • grade 12 in a PreK- 12 sequence

Topics from Stages 1, 2, 3, and...
authors and their times
history of cinema
economics
environmental concerns

philosophy
political science
anthropology
religions





Last Updated: January 1, 1999
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