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Standard 2.Understands and interprets written and spoken language on diverse topics from diverse media
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   1. Understands the basic ideas of oral messages and short conversations based on simple or familiar topics appropriate at this developmental level (e.g., favorite activities, personal anecdotes, simple instructions)
   2. Understands the main ideas in ability-appropriate, highly illustrated texts that use many words that are similar to those in one’s native language (e.g., stories, newspaper articles, advertisements)
   3. Understands the main ideas of ability-appropriate video or television programs on familiar topics
   4. Understands the main ideas and basic literary elements (e.g., principal characters, sequence of events, simple themes) in written poems, short folk tales, fairy tales, or illustrated stories that are appropriate at this developmental level
   5. Understands brief written messages and personal notes on familiar topics (e.g., everyday school and home activities)
   6. Understands common phrase groupings and voice inflection in simple spoken sentences
   7. Understands common cognates and borrowed words in the target and native languages
   8. Understands oral and written descriptions of people and objects in the environment
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   1. Understands the main ideas, themes, and basic details from diverse, authentic, ability-appropriate spoken media (e.g., radio, television, film, live presentation) on topics of personal interest or interest to peers in the target culture
   2. Understands the content of ability-appropriate primary sources on familiar topics (e.g., personal letters, pamphlets, illustrated newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements)
   3. Understands spoken announcements and messages from peers and adults on a variety of familiar topics or topics of personal interest (e.g., favorite activities, popular events, school subjects)
   4. Understands nonverbal and verbal cues when listening to or observing a user of the target language
   5. Understands various phrase groupings and structures in spoken forms of the target language (e.g., expressions, questions, polite commands)
   6. Uses context clues (e.g., known language, diagrams, text features, graphics) to decode unfamiliar words and phrases in complex messages or texts
   7. Understands the main ideas, themes, principal characters, and significant details of ability-appropriate authentic literature (e.g., narratives, shorts stories, poems, plays)
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Understands the main ideas and significant details of extended discussions, lectures, formal presentations, and various forms of media (e.g., radio or television programs, movies) that are appropriate at this developmental level
   2. Understands the main ideas and significant details of expository texts (e.g., full length feature articles in newspapers and magazines) on topics of current and historical importance to members of the target culture
   3. Understands story elements (e.g., main plot and sub-plots; appearance, roles, and significance of characters; theme, setting) in authentic, ability-appropriate written literature (e.g., short stories, poems)
   4. Understands author’s style, point of view, and purpose in target-language literature that is appropriate at this developmental level
   5. Understands the main ideas and significant details of culturally significant songs, folk tales, comedy, and anecdotes in the target culture
   6. Understands cultural nuances of meaning (e.g., word choice, idioms, intonation, inflection, formal and informal usage) in written and spoken language and in expressive products of the culture (e.g., literary genres, visual arts)