Johnny Key

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World Languages Standards and Courses

The current Arkansas Foreign Language frameworks were created 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.

  • K-8 Foreign Language Experiences (PDF/DOCX)
  • K-8 Foreign Language Acquisition (PDF/DOCX)
  • Modern Languages I-IV (PDF/DOCX)
  • American Sign Language (PDF/DOCX)
  • Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers I-III (PDF/DOCX)
  • Latin I-II (PDF/DOCX)

During the summer of 2018, the new Arkansas World Languages Standards were created by a committee of teachers from around the state.  These new standards will be presented to the State Board of Education in April 2019.  If approved, they will be available for voluntary implementation for the 2019-2020 school year, and will be fully implemented for the 2020-2021 school year, replacing the 2013 standards.

For more information, please contact:

David Nance, World Languages Specialist
Curriculum Support
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4905

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