Johnny Key

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Foreign Language

The Arkansas Foreign Language frameworks were revised in 2013.  K-8 Foreign Language Experiences is designed for most elementary and middle schools; these standards can be tied into the social studies curriculum by any classroom teacher.  K-8 Foreign Language Acquisition is for elementary and middle schools that have designated foreign language teachers.  Modern Languages I-IV replaced the previous Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish frameworks.  American Sign Language (ASL) is now recognized in Arkansas for foreign language credit, and its framework document is based on the Modern Language framework.  Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers is an option for schools that wish to tailor a class to students who speak Spanish at home or with their families.  Latin I-II is for schools that offer Latin.  As of July 1, 2014, these documents replace and supersede all previous foreign language framework documents.

For more information, please contact:

David Nance, Foreign Language Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4905

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