Waukee students will prepare for success in a global community by acquiring linguistic and cultural competence through the study of world language.
The World Language Standards are written around five components:
Communication: Students engage in conversations, gather information, understand written and spoken language, and present information on a variety of topics in languages other than English.
Culture: Students gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures by learning about practices, perspectives, and products of the culture.
Connections: Students make connections and further their knowledge of other subjects through their study of world languages.
Comparisons: Students develop insight into their own culture and language by making comparisons to the language studied.
Communities: Students use the language within and beyond the school setting and show evidence of becoming life-long learners of the language for enjoyment and enrichment.
The current World Language Standards, Benchmarks, and Objectives were approved by the Board in 2010. World Language teachers worked on documents to articulate what it means to know, understand, and be able to do each objective. These documents will help inform instruction and provide guidance to teachers to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students as they master the content.