The current Arkansas Foreign Language frameworks were created in 2013. K-8 Foreign Language Experiences is designed for most elementary and middle schools; these standards can be tied into the social studies curriculum by any classroom teacher. K-8 Foreign Language Acquisition is for elementary and middle schools that have designated foreign language teachers. Modern Languages I-IV replaced the previous Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish frameworks. American Sign Language (ASL) is now recognized in Arkansas for foreign language credit, and its framework document is based on the Modern Language framework. Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers is an option for schools that wish to tailor a class to students who speak Spanish at home or with their families. Latin I-II is for schools that offer Latin. As of July 1, 2014, these documents replace and supersede all previous foreign language framework documents.
During the summer of 2018, the new Arkansas World Languages Standards were created by a committee of teachers from around the state. These new standards were approved by the State Board of Education on May 9, 2019. They are available for voluntary implementation for the 2019-2020 school year, and will be fully implemented by all districts for the 2020-2021 school year, completely replacing the 2013 frameworks. Each new standards document and a brief description can be found below.
This document is intended for use with World Languages I-IV (i.e., Spanish I-IV, French I-IV, etc.), Heritage and Native Speakers I-III, and Early Childhood and Elementary programs. The previous framework documents for Heritage and Native Speakers I-III, American Sign Language I-IV, and K-8 Foreign Language Acquisition have been consolidated with Modern Languages I-IV to create the new Arkansas K-12 World Language Acquisition Standards; therefore, these standards are applicable for all grade and proficiency levels.
These courses help students gain linguistic and cultural skills necessary in a specific career field (e.g., Spanish for Law Enforcement, Chinese for Business, etc.). These courses may be taught by anyone licensed to teach that specific language, with no additional licensure requirements. Likewise, course approval is not required to offer these courses. See the Course Code Management System for an updated list of available course codes.
These standards are to be used for Latin courses, and provide an introduction to the language, history, and culture of ancient civilizations. Basic instruction in grammar, vocabulary, and syntax prepares the student for reading and discussing selected works by ancient authors. Classical Languages II continues the introduction to classical languages with additional instruction in vocabulary, grammar, and more complex syntax. Reading and translating selections from ancient works builds comprehension ability. The Classical Languages II course includes advanced discussions of ancient life and culture. Division of Elementary and Secondary Education approval is not required. Courses in classical languages other than Latin would require course approval from the DESE.
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