World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve


CLTA was instrumental in sponsoring the original Assembly Bill authorizing the development of World Language Standards, sponsored by Assemblywoman Betty Karnette in 2003. With the support of the California Department of Education (CDE), a task force of language educators and all CLTA members, drafted the document without any compensation and the Standards were adopted in 2009 by the State Board of education. Some most disguising features of these World Language Content Standards, is the fact that they are written for developmental levels of language acquisition, rather than grade level, since World Language programs in California address students specific language learning needs along a continuum of language development, including multiple points of entry into the programs, varying ages and options of languages and cultures offerings.


The Committee for Economic Development’s (CED) Research and Policy Committee:

Education forGlobal Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security, 2006 (also at:http://www.ced.org/)


Commission on Teacher Credentialing:Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs For the Academic Year 2010-2011 http://www.ctc.ca.gov/reports/T2_State_Report_2010-2011.pdf



American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)What the Research Shows

These are links to research and correlation studies in these three areas:

·       How does language learning support academic achievement?

·       How does language learning provide cognitive benefits to students?

·       How does language learning affect attitude and beliefs about language learning and other cultures?



A Rationale For Foreign Language Education: A Position Paper of The National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NCSSFL)