How the Model Curriculum Supports the Standards

Our Standards

Ohio’s New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages were introduced in June 2012.  The two standards of Communication and Cultures require students to learn culturally appropriate communication skills. This means that students not only learn to speak the language, but they also understand how to interact with native speakers using appropriate cultural behaviors, such as gestures, personal space and body language.


This focus on communication represents a major shift in classroom instruction. It is no longer sufficient to only teach grammar and memorized vocabulary from a textbook. You must now help students learn to use a language to communicate in real-world, authentic situations.


Students learn to communicate through reading and listening or viewing (in American Sign Language), which are interpretive skills; conversing or signing, which are interpersonal skills; and through writing, speaking or signing, which are presentational skills.


Students are assessed based on the level of communicative proficiency that they have attained, aligned to the guidelines recommended by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For common languages such as French, Spanish and German, the target proficiency goals are as follows:

No language ability:         Novice Low
By the end of level 1:        Novice Mid
By the end of level 2:        Novice High
By the end of level 3:        Intermediate Low
By the end of level 4:        Intermediate Mid
By the end of level 5/AP:   Intermediate High/Advanced Low

Proficiency targets will vary slightly for more difficult languages such as Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.


A committee of 18 Ohio teachers assisted the department with the development of the World Languages Model Curriculum. These teachers worked diligently with their colleagues throughout the state to create a vast array of tools to help educators design curricula and assessments and inform instruction. The model curriculum allows teachers at every level of experience to find resources that will help address the specific needs of their learners.

Alignment to the standards

Ohio’s New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages are a proficiency-based set of standards. Our two standards of Communication and Cultures specify that the overarching goal for learners is to master the necessary skills to be able to communicate with speakers of another language in a culturally appropriate manner. This means we do not have any specific content included in our standards or in our Model Curriculum.  It is up to the individual teacher to determine the specific curriculum that is the most appropriate to enable learners to achieve our standards.

Last Modified: 4/2/2014 11:09:40 AM