The Common Core standards that are currently being implemented in 43 states, primarily focus on mathematics and English language arts for preparing kids for post secondary education. What other courses support these areas of focus for our current generation of learners? World language acquisition! The standards for teaching and learning world languages are well-aligned with the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The hidden beauty in this fact is that not only does a world language education help to support these academic areas that are going to lead us into the 21st century, but this acquisition of language by more American students will allow them to compete globally by lowering or removing another barrier to communication.
Below is an article titled "The Common Core Framework and World Languages: A Wake-up Call for All". We highly recommend anyone who is interested in world language education as well as the Common Core standards - and how they can work together - to read the article. "This article champions how world languages support the Common Core Standards, and what is needed for the success of these standards as well as success for world languages. The authors’ intent is that the article be useful to all pre-K–16 language educators, and that they share it with their colleagues, administrators, parents, and any stakeholders and decision makers."
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"The Common Core Framework and World Languages: A Wake-up Call for All"