Expectations for Learning

Expectations for learning specify what students should know and be able to do as they strive to achieve learning goals.  These statements provide guidance for what counts as progress and what students can do to demonstrate their language proficiency.

Ohio's Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages

Grades K-12 World Language Programs
Grades 6-12 World Language Programs
Grades 9-12 World Language Programs

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

Students use the 2017 Communication Can-Do statements to self-assess their language proficiency and performance and to set goals for how to progress to the next level. Teachers use the Can-Do statements as predictors of proficiency growth and as learning targets and sample activities for units and lessons. 

The 2017 Intercultural Can-Do statements suggest opportunities where students use the target language to Investigate, Interact and Reflect on cultural experiences in their own and other cultures. The Reflection Tool is used in conjunction with the Intercultural statements.

The EXAMPLE statements can be personalized to fit specific goals and content for the learning environment.

Can-Do Communication 


Can-Do Interculturality - Investigate, Interact, Reflect

Overview: Grid of Communication and Intercultural Can-Dos (11x17, 11x14, 8.5x11)
♦ ASL Communication Can-Do Statements 

♦ ASL Intercultural Can-Do Statements

Standards Alignment Tool - Communication

This is a useful tool for creating communicative activities for each level of learners.  This table aligns the Can-Do statements and the world language standards with each ACTFL proficiency level.  

Introduction: Standards Alignment Tool for Communication

Standards Alignment Tool - Cultures

This is a useful tool for creating activities where learners experience language and culture together. This table aligns the intercultural Can-Do statements and the world language standards with the ACTFL proficiency levels.

Introduction: Standards Alignment Tool for Cultures

Proficiency Targets

Proficiency Targets for Languages

These research-based recommendations are designed to provide local schools and districts with the informed guidance needed to set rigorous yet attainable proficiency targets for their language students. In no way should these targets be interpreted as state mandated. District decision-makers ultimately must consider the nature of their programs and establish targets that challenge learners, yet remain obtainable given their student population. Schools and districts may also want to consider the differentiation of targets to meet the needs of all types of learners.


Last Modified: 11/19/2019 12:14:17 PM

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