6-12 World Language

 Transfer Goals, Overarching Understandings and Overarching Essential Questions

Transfer Goals
(Students will be able to use their learning to…)

Persevere

Willingly face the challenges and take risks* inherent in the process of language acquisition. 

Communicate

Communicate effectively in the target language(s), in varied, authentic communities. 

Appreciate Culture

Understand, appreciate and be sensitive to the cultures of target language communities.

Develop Informed Opinions

Apply prior knowledge and critical analysis of media in target languages; including but not limited to print, Internet, television and radio; to form an educated opinion on a variety of contemporary topics.

Communicate a Global Perspective

Actively seek opportunities to educate, advocate and collaborate globally by continually working to improve and expand target language skills and cultural understanding.


Content Strands - The 5 Cs

Communication: Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening

Culture, Connections, Communities, Comparisons

Big ideas

Overarching Understandings:

(Students will understand that…)

Overarching Essential Questions:

(Students will keep understanding…)

 

Persevere

Communicate

Global Perspective

Develop Informed Opinions

 

Learning to communicate in a non-native language, an essential asset in our global community, requires commitment and perseverance.  

Why do people communicate?

How do people in the target foreign culture communicate differently than we do, in terms of writing system and pronunciation system?

Societal structures, practices and perspectives are a reflection of culture.

How do cultural norms affect people’s practices and perspectives?

How do societal structures vary globally?

Geography and history influence cultural diversity, norms and attitudes, and language and deepen understanding of cultural relationships.

How do geographical features shape culture, language, and relationships within regions?

How does history shape culture, language, and relationships within regions?

How and why does cultural diversity impact a culture's community and its role in the world community?

How does societal history impact cultural diversity?

*How does a shared history impact cultural norms and attitudes?

*How does shared language unite people?

*How do language and culture influence identity?

*How does one’s identity develop overtime?

Appreciate Culture

A more inclusive, interconnected, and tolerant society can emerge from the in-depth study of a non-native culture - including language, culture, and environment.

How are people from different cultures universally alike?

What are the similarities and differences between people of different cultures?

How does experiencing a new culture enhance a global perspective?

Process/Practice

Overarching Understandings:
(Students will understand that…)

Overarching Essential Questions:

(Students will keep understanding…)

Speaking

  • Speaking in a non-native language is a multi-faceted process that incorporates body language, gestures, facial expressions and tone that are particular to the targeted culture.
  • How can one express oneself in a non-native language when not all the vocabulary is known?
  • How do body language and facial expressions affect communication and understanding in a non-native language?

 

Reading

  • Reading is an interpretive process (through a variety of mediums) allowing us to connect across cultures, impact others and break down cultural barriers.
  • What does is mean to understand what is read?
  • How does writer’s purpose contribute to the meaning of text?
  • How does reading allow us to communicate better/differently than other modes of communication?

Listening

  • Listening is an active, interpretive process allowing us to connect across cultures, impact others and break down cultural barriers.

  • How do you persevere, in the role of an active listener, despite limited vocabulary in the target language?
  • How do listening strategies differ between languages and cultures or subgroups?
  • How do cultural norms and frameworks; such as turn-taking, social hierarchy and appropriate non-verbal communication; affect your ability to be a competent participant utilizing the target language in the target culture?

Writing

  • Writing is an expressive process allowing us to connect across cultures, impact others and break down cultural barriers.

  • What are the unique benefits of both formal and informal written communication, as opposed to other forms of communication?
  • How can writing connect cultures and impact others?
  • How can you use writing to facilitate the breakdown of cultural barriers?
  • How can you use writing to connect with the global society?
  • How can your first language writing skills help you to write in a non-native language?

HWRSD World Language Transfer Goals, 6.21.16