Standards & Instruction
The World Languages Standards in Maine’s Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction are closely modeled on the national foreign language standards, which provide further guidance and recommendations for world language programs in grades K-12.
All Maine publicly-supported schools are required to implement the World Languages Standards included in Maine’s Learning Results. In addition, student demonstration of achievement of these standards at the ninth through diploma grade span will be required as a component of every Maine student graduating with a proficiency-based diploma starting in 2018.
- State Standards for World Languages (RTF, 346KB). Maine's Learning Results includes World Languages Standards. Elementary, middle and high school programming in Maine’s publicly supported schools must be aligned to the knowledge and skills described in this document.
- Podcast. An introduction to the Learning Results revision process, changes in structure and content for World Languages Standards and potential considerations for implementing the revised standards. Free iTunes software is required for viewing. For an accessible version of the podcast information, see narration notes (RTF, 92KB).
- National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. An executive summary of the national standards from American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
- Alignment to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The National Standards for Learning Languages aligns directly to the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.
- Foreign Language Teaching Methods Online Course. ACTFL and Weber State University in Utah have developed an online teaching methods course that reflects state-of-the-art research and practice in foreign language education.