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Foreign Language

Standard 4.Understands traditional ideas and perspectives, institutions, professions, literary and artistic expressions, and other components of the target culture
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   1. Knows various age-appropriate cultural activities practiced in the target culture (e.g., games, songs, birthday celebrations, story telling, dramatizations, role playing)
   2. Knows simple patterns of behavior and interaction in various settings in the target culture (e.g., school, family, community) and how these patterns compare to those in one’s native culture
   3. Knows familiar utilitarian forms of the target culture (e.g., toys, dress, types of dwellings, typical foods, currency) and how they compare to those in one’s native culture
   4. Knows basic expressive forms of the target culture (e.g., children’s songs, simple selections from authentic children’s literature, types of artwork or graphic representations enjoyed or produced by the peer group in the culture studied, dances) and how they compare to those in one’s native culture
   5. Knows basic cultural beliefs and perspectives of people in both native and target cultures relating to family, school, work, and play
   6. Knows professions that require proficiency in the target language
   7. Knows distinctive contributions made by people in the target culture
   8. Knows basic geographical aspects of countries where the target language is spoken (e.g., major cities, rivers, mountains, climate)
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   1. Knows various age-appropriate cultural activities practiced in the target culture (e.g., adolescents’ games such as card games, board games, and outdoor games; sports-related activities; music; television)
   2. Knows cultural traditions and celebrations that exist in the target culture and how these traditions and celebrations compare with those of the native culture (e.g., holidays, birthdays, "coming of age" celebrations, seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies, recreational gatherings)
   3. NDE,28;Knows patterns of behavior or interaction typical of one’s age group in various settings in the target culture (e.g., dating, telephone usage, etiquette)
   4. Knows a variety of age-appropriate utilitarian forms of the target culture (e.g., educational institutions or systems, means of transportation, various rules as they apply to the peer group in the culture being studied), their significance, and how these forms have influenced the larger community
   5. Knows a variety of age-appropriate expressive forms of the culture (e.g., popular music and dance; appropriate authentic texts, such as children’s magazines, comic books, children’s literature, folktales; the use of color; common or everyday artwork such as designs typical of the culture’s clothing, pottery, ceramics, paintings, architectural structures) and how these expressive forms compare with those of the native culture
   6. Understands the general relationship between cultural perspectives and expressive products (e.g., music, visual arts, literature) in the target and native cultures
   7. Understands the general relationship between cultural perspectives and practices (e.g., holidays, celebrations, work habits, play) in the target and native cultures
   8. Knows how "local" opinions of various aspects of the native culture compare with the views of peers from the target culture
   9. Knows how various community members use the target language in their work
   10. Knows historical and cultural figures from the target culture and their contributions
   11. Knows chronological order and significance of important historical events in the target culture
   12. Knows the location(s) and major geographic features of countries where the target language is/was used
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Understands various patterns of behavior or interaction that are typical of one’s age group (e.g., extra-curricular activities, social engagements)
   2. Understands the connections between socially-approved behavioral patterns and cultural perspectives
   3. Knows age-appropriate utilitarian forms of the target culture (e.g., social, economic, and political institutions; laws), how they are reflected in American culture, and their significance
   4. Draws conclusions about the relationship and mutual influence between perspectives and practices in the target and native cultures
   5. Understands age-appropriate expressive forms of the target culture (e.g., literature; popular books; periodicals; videos; commercials; fine arts such as music, dance, design, painting, theater) and their significance in the larger community
   6. Draws conclusions about the relationship and mutual influence between perspectives and expressive products (e.g., literature, periodicals, music, theater, visual arts) in the target and native cultures
   7. Understands contrasting ways in which information about national and international events is reported in the target culture and the native culture
   8. Understands contrasting ways in which familial, economic, environmental, and political issues are reflected through oral, written, and artistic expression in the native and target cultures
   9. Understands how other cultures view the role of the native culture in the world arena
   10. Knows career options that require knowledge of the target culture and proficiency in the target language
   11. Knows significant political, military, intellectual, and cultural figures and how they shaped historical events and the target culture's perspectives
   12. Knows graphic and statistical information about the target and native cultures (e.g., population, income)