Standards for Foreign Language Learning

The Standards for Foreign Language Learning are at the very foundation of the NOVASTARTALK program. We aim to help teachers understand how to operationalize the Foreign Language Standards in their individual classrooms in order to facilitate practical, real-world communicative proficiency in language students. Therefore, NOVASTARTALK seeks to highlight the technologies that promote creativity, time on task, collaboration, intercultural communication and contact with global communities. We are focused on giving students opportunities to make real-world connections with their peers who speak the target languages. We want to use technology to unpack the cultural realities, to get our students talking, collaborating, comparing, contrasting and taking their language learning into the communities.

NOVASTARTALK teachers learn to use technologies like Skype to connect classes across continents in authentic language exchanges or to use Ether Pad and Google Docs to collaborate in digital storytelling with learners many miles away. With the use of authentic images, packaged inside Voice Thread or Animoto, they can compare breakfast foods, fashions and music tastes across cultures. They can use a blog or a wiki to build community from miles away. The NOVASTARTALK workshop encourages teachers to put the technology in the hands of the students and allow them to be the authors of target-language rich projects.

Communicate in Languages Other Than English

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
  • Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied
Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
  • Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language
  • Standard 3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures

Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
  • Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
  • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World
  • Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting
  • Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
[/list] [box]Source: Standards for Foreign Language Learning, National Standards for Foreign Language Education Project, Copyright 2006.[/box]