Illinois Learning Standards

Stage A - Foreign Language



Descriptors



28A —

 Students who meet this standard can understand oral communication in the target language.
  1. Show an awareness of differences between formal and informal forms of address.
  2. Recognize gender and number.
  3. Hear differences between questions and statements.
  4. Respond to simple commands (e.g., stand up, sit down).

28B —

Students who meet this standard can interact in the target language in various settings.
  1. Ask basic memorized questions.
  2. Respond with memorized answers to questions that use familiar language.
  3. Repeat routine courtesy expressions accurately.
  4. Repeat formal and informal words of address.
  5. Imitate sounds and words with age- and stage-appropriate pronunciation.

28C —

Students who meet this standard can understand written passages in the target language.
  1. Identify the written form of familiar spoken language (e.g., simple greetings, basic vocabulary).

28D  —

Students who meet this standard can use the target language to present information, concepts and ideas for a variety of purposes to different audiences.
  1. Copy words and phrases in the target language.
  2. Categorize words based on meaning.
  3. Label familiar items (e.g., family members, classroom objects, pets).

29A —

Students who meet this standard can understand manners and customs of various target language societies.
  1. Recite common forms of courtesy (e.g., please, thank you), greetings (e.g., hello, happy birthday, congratulations), and leave-takings (e.g., goodbye, see you soon) appropriate to the time of day.
  2. Recognize correct forms of courtesy in relation to another person (e.g., sir, ma'am, miss).

29B —

Students who meet this standard can understand music, dance, folk art, visual art, drama, and architecture related to the target language societies.
  1. Identify an art form related to the target language country(ies) or culture from which it originates.
  2. Sing or dramatize a song in the target language.

29C —

Students who meet this standard can understand literature and various media of target language societies.
  1. Recognize the main character, settings, and events from selected samples of culturally authentic children's literature with an audio/visual cue.
  2. Identify the type of primary media (e.g., television, radio, book, newspaper, computer, CD-Rom, mouse) when given an example in the target language.

29D —

Students who meet this standard can understand history of areas where the target language is spoken.
  1. Recognize some important people and events in the history of areas where the target language is spoken.

29E —

Students who meet this standard can understand geography of various target language societies.
  1. Identify areas where the target language is spoken.
  2. Recognize simple geography terms in the target language.

30A —

Students who meet this standard can use the target language to reinforce and further knowledge of other disciplines.
  1. Recognize the currency of a country where the target language is spoken.
  2. Use simple math vocabulary (e.g., name numbers and simple geometric shapes).
  3. Name simple science terms referring to weather and nature.
  4. React to directions given in the target language while participating in a physical activity (e.g., "Simon says.").

30B —

Students who meet this standard can use the target language to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of career options.
  1. Associate common professions and occupations with visual or auditory cues.
  2. Identify some well-known people whose native language is not English.

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