Considerations for Classical Languages

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Reading and understanding written messages of the ancient world are key goals for students of Latin and Greek. Oral interpretation, writing and recitation are also important communicative elements in a well-balanced classical language program. Additionally, a social-cultural-historical emphasis may also be an important curricular goal in the classical language classroom. To a lesser extent, the oral use of the language can be employed to build student interest and heighten understanding of and appreciation for the languages and their cultures, but generally interpersonal communication is not a major goal in the classical language classroom. The importance of the three modes of communication for classical language is evidenced in the following standards found in the "Standards for Classical Languages" of the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999):

  • Students read, understand and interpret Latin or Greek.
  • Students use orally, listen to, and write Latin or Greek as part of the language learning process.

Assessments in the classical languages focus most heavily on the interpretive domain. To a lesser degree, items that tap into the presentational and interpersonal domains also will be in evidence. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL PROFICIENCY TARGETS FOR Classical LANGUAGES

These include languages like Latin and Ancient Greek which are taught with a focus on the written and not on the spoken word.

 

MODE AND SKILL

LEVEL  I

135-150 hours

LEVEL  II

270-300 hours

LEVEL  III

405-450 hours

LEVEL  IV

540-600 hours

LEVEL  V

675-750 hours

LEVEL  VI

825-900 hours

INTERPRETIVE

Listening

Novice

Mid

Novice

High

Novice High

Int.

Low

Int. 

Mid

Int. 

Mid

Int.

Low

INTERPRETIVE

Reading

Novice High

Int. 

Low

Int. 

Mid

Int.

Mid

Int.

High

Adv.

Low

Int.

High

PRESENTATIONAL

Speaking

Novice

Low

Novice Mid

Novice High

Novice High

Int. 

Low

Int. 

Low

PRESENTATIONAL

Writing

Novice

Mid

Novice High

Int.

Low

Int.

Low

Int.

Mid

Int.

High

Int.

Mid

 

Last Modified: 11/18/2014 9:07:24 AM

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