Learning Goals for Romance Languages

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Learning Goals for 100-200 Level Courses

Proficiency Standard Chart (pdf)

10101
10102
20201
20202
20810 (pdf)
27500 (pdf)

10101

Listening

Students will be able to understand familiar words and basic sentences concerning themselves and a variety of familiar topics (e.g. family, travel, food, some current events, technology, professions, etc.) when people speak slowly and clearly.

Reading

Students will be able to read short, simple texts. They will be able to utilize reading strategies to find specific, predictable information in simple everyday materials such as advertisements, menus and brief personal communications.

Speaking

Students will be able to use the target language with a basic level of conversational fluency and precision on familiar topics using limited vocabulary, grammar, and memorized phrases. They will be able to ask and answer a limited number of simple questions in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics. They will be able to use simple phrases and sentences to describe where they live and people they know.

Writing

Students will be able to write short, simple messages dealing with everyday issues. They will be able to describe, in basic sentences, themselves, their friends and family, their immediate surroundings, and their daily routines.

Cultural Awareness

Students will be able to give examples of the relationship between language and culture. They will be able to identify some characteristics of the target culture and distinguish patterns from stereotypes. They will be able to note similarities and differences between home and target cultures.

Reflectivity

Students will be able to reflect, in English and, to a limited extent, in the target language, on personal experiences while learning a new language. They will begin to identify their personal learning style.

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10102

Listening

Students will be able to understand phrases and high frequency vocabulary related to areas of immediate personal relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment) and identify the main points of simple descriptions, narrations, messages, and announcements.

Reading

Students will be able to read texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language; understand the description of events, feelings, and wishes in personal communications; and understand, with some guidance, selected poems and shorter literary prose.

Speaking

Students will be able to communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. They will be able to engage in short social exchanges; and describe, in simple terms, their family and other people, living conditions, educational background, present and past experiences as well as future plans.

Writing

Students will be able to write notes, messages and letters describing their surroundings and daily routines. They will be able to narrate simple stories and personal experiences using the present, past and future tenses, and begin to formulate basic predictions and hypotheses.

Cultural Awareness

Students will further develop their understanding of the relationship between language and culture. They will be able to identify characteristics, events and places of importance in the target language culture. They will be able to identify similarities and differences between home and target cultures, and give examples of one culture influencing another.

Reflectivity

Students will be able to reflect, in English and, to a limited extent, in the target language, on personal experiences while learning a new language. They will be able to identify their personal learning style and recognize how this can be used to enhance their language-learning experience.

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20201

Listening

Students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in school and leisure and understand the main points of selected clips from a variety of media (e.g. radio, film, and TV programs) on topics of personal interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

Reading

Students will be able to read and understand the main points of texts from a variety of sources (articles, reports, literary excerpts, advertisements, song lyrics, etc.) that deal with familiar subjects and cultural topics. They will begin to understand longer literary excerpts from authentic texts of different genres.

Speaking

Students will be able to converse on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to everyday life. They will be able to connect phrases and sentences in order to describe experiences and to express hopes and ambitions. They will be able to give reasons and explanations for their opinions and plans. They will be able to narrate a story in the present, past, and future.

Writing

Students will be able to write a variety of texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest with increasing attention to accuracy and coherence. They will be able to describe experiences, express hopes and ambitions, and state and support basic arguments and opinions. They will begin to combine and link sentences into connected, paragraph-length discourse.

Cultural Awareness

Students will have gained good insights into many aspects of values, patterns, and institutions of the target language culture(s). They will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the impact of historical events, how cultures change over time, how they are transmitted, and how they influence each other. They will be able to recognize the depth and complexity of cultural differences.

Reflectivity

Students will be able to reflect, in English and, progressively, in the target language, on their progress and language-learning goals and objectives. They will understand the correlation between their personal learning style and the development of successful learning strategies. They will be able to document progress and articulate goals.

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20202 / 20215

Listening

Students will be able to understand the main points of extended speech and lectures and follow the general lines of more complex arguments, provided the topic is reasonably familiar. They will be able to understand standard speech from a variety of media (e.g. TV commercials, news segments, interviews, programs, and films).

Reading

Students will be able to read and understand texts from a variety of sources and begin to discern writers' attitudes and viewpoints. They will be able to understand texts written in varying literary styles (colloquial, lyric, dramatic, comic, etc.) of greater length and/or complexity.

Speaking

Students will be able to interact with a greater degree of fluency and spontaneity in most informal and some formal discussions on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to everyday life. They will be able to combine and link sentences to describe experiences and express hopes and ambitions, and to give reasons and explanations for their opinions and plans.

Writing

Students will be able to write summaries and short compositions on a range of topics related to the target language culture and of general interest. They will improve their ability to combine and link sentences into connected, paragraph-length discourse, using a variety of verb tenses and moods. They will further develop the accuracy and organizational coherence of their writing.

Cultural Awareness

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of cultural topics introduced in class, including aspects of history, geography, literature, and popular culture. They will develop a better understanding of the target language and culture through authentic materials, and will gain more profound insight into the relationship between the two.

Reflectivity

Students will be able to reflect in the target language on their progress and language-learning goals and objectives. They will be able to define and refine their personal learning style and develop successful learning strategies. They will be more confident in their ability to document progress and articulate goals.

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Romance Language learning goals are based on the Common European Framework.