Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages




No. 3001, 2002, 258 pp.

Learning world languages is an essential goal for all students. Today’s interdependent world economy and our American society require that we interact with people from other cultures. Regardless of the specific languages our students learn, learning another language gives students the tools needed to communicate across cultural borders.

Based on Wisconsin’s standards, this guide describes step-by-step the decisions necessary for designing a curriculum for learning languages. Instead of beginning with a grammatical sequence and lists of vocabulary to learn, a standards-based curriculum describes what students can do with the target language vs. what they can say about the language. The switch in the unit and lesson planning cycle is to design curriculum units beginning from the mindset of the standards and working backward to the level of grammatical structures and vocabulary.

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