Curriculum

Jenks Public Schools World Language Standards and Objectives Overview

The Aim of the World Languages Curriculum

The aim of the Jenks Public Schools pre-kindergarten – twelfth grade world languages curriculum is to develop life-long language learners who are culturally aware and able to communicate effectively in diverse global communities.

The Structure of the Jenks World Languages Curriculum

Components:
Content Standards: Statements of key concepts students should understand as a result of language learning.  These standards are based on the 5 Cs from the national standards for foreign language learning.
A Performance Standard: A statement of what students should be able to do as a result of language learning. This standard is based on the 5 Cs from the national standards for foreign language learning.
Multiple performance objectives: Statements that are specific and detailed regarding the skills students need to acquire to accomplish the purposes of the content and performance standards. These objectives integrate the Oklahoma Priority Academic Students Skills and the progress indicators from the national standards.

Consistent Language of the Continua: 
Demonstrate Competence:  By the end of the school year, students accomplish the objective independently; need little instruction/help from the teacher.
Develop Competence:  Teacher provides frequent opportunities for students to experience activities which build competence in the objective and may still give some direction/support to students
throughout the school year.
Acquire experience:  Teacher provides direct instruction and guided practice in the objective.
Begin to acquire experience:  Teacher provides direct instruction and students participate in the direct instruction experience. 
Show awareness: Teacher comments and makes students aware of an idea/connection to the objective.

The Jenks Public Schools World Languages Curriculum Standards and Objectives:  At a Glance

Jenks Content Standard 1:  Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in world languages. Through the focus on Jenks Content Standard 1, students build communication skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading), make comparisons between the language studied and their own, and participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

The twenty-one rows of performance objectives listed in Content Standard 1 articulate the skills students need to acquire to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a world language.

Objectives 1 and 3 articulate the expected growth in listening skills.
Objectives 2 and 4 articulate the expected growth in reading skills.
Objectives 5 through 11 articulate the expected growth in speaking skills.
Objective 12 articulates the expected growth in writing skills.
Objective 13 articulates the expected growth in presentation skills.
Objectives 14-17 articulate the expected growth in the ability to compare language structures.
Objective 18 articulates the expected growth in knowing the value of proficiency in another language.
Objectives 19-21 articulate the expected growth in the student’s ability to use the language in multiple real-world settings.

Jenks Content Standard II:  Develop an understanding of cultures.
Through the focus on Jenks Content Standard II, students gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, make comparisons among the cultures studied and their own, and recognize distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the world language and its culture i.e.,connections.

The eighteen rows of performance objectives listed in Content Standard II articulate the skills students need to acquire to develop an understanding of cultures. .
Objectives 1 through 3 articulate the expected growth in understanding of customs and traditions.
Objectives 4, 5, 9 and 10 articulate the expected growth in recognizing multiple perspectives.
Objectives 6 and 7 articulate the expected growth in awareness of important symbols, contributions, and historical figures.
Objectives 8 and 11 articulate the expected growth in understanding of historical and contemporary influences and contributions of the arts.
Objectives 12 through 18 articulate the expected growth in the student’s ability to use authentic resources to gain understanding and knowledge of the culture.

Jenks Content Standard III: Demonstrate awareness of how world languages connect to other world languages.
Through the focus on Jenks Content Standard III, students make connections with other disciplines through the world language study and learning.

The two rows of performance objectives listed in Content Standard III articulate the skills students need to acquire to demonstrate awareness of how world languages connect to other world languages.   Objectives 1 and 2 articulate the expected growth in the student’s ability to apply other subject content knowledge and skills in the language class and to apply learning from target language resources into other disciplines.

Expected Levels of Proficiency in the Jenks World Languages Curriculum

(Based on ACTFL Guidelines)

Jenks Courses Correlated with ACTFL Proficiency Levels

Full Implementation

JPS Awareness 1: ACTFL Novice Low

K

JPS Awareness 2:  ACTFL Novice Low

1st

JPS Introductory I:  ACTFUL Novice Mid

2nd

JPS Introduction II:  ACTFUL Novice High

3rd-4th

JPS Chinese I:  ACTFUL Intermediate Low

5th-6th

JPS Chinese II:  ACTFUL Intermediate Mid

7th

JPS Chinese III:  ACTFUL Intermediate High

8th

JPS Chinese IV: ACTFUL Advanced Low

9th

JPS Chinese V:  ACTFUL Advanced Low

10th

JPS Chinese VI:  ACTFUL Advanced Mid

11th

JPS Chinese VII:  ACTFUL Advanced Mid

12th

Expected Benchmarks:
4th Grade Immersion Students:  ACTFL Novice High to Intermediate Low
6th Grade Sino-Trojan Students:  ACTFL Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid
8th Grade Students:  ACTFL Intermediate High to Advanced Low
10th Grade Students:  ACTFL Advanced Low to Advanced Mid
12th Grade Students:  ACTFL Advanced Mid
Fourth Year of College:  ACTFL Advanced Mid to Superior