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World Languages

The fundamental purpose of world language instruction is to enable students to communicate in a new language in a culturally appropriate way. The linguistic and cultural insights that come from world language study are essential for citizens in the global community and marketplace.

In Focus
Click here to view elementary STEM curriculum modules in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish funded by Maryland's RACE TO THE TOP World Languages Pipelines Project.

In Focus
Language Learning for College, Career and World-Readiness
Click here for world language resources including the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, Can-Do statements, key instructional shifts, and proficiency-based lesson seeds created by Maryland world language teachers.

The Maryland State Curriculum (SC) for World Languages was unanimously accepted by the Maryland Board of Education on March 24, 2009.  Click here for the Introduction and the SC.

World Language Goals: The Five C’s
The goal of the five "C's" is to prepare learners to apply the skills and understandings measured by the Standards beyond the instructional setting and to bring a global competence to their future careers and experiences. The Standards have been refreshed to reflect the current educational landscape, including Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, and 21st century skills. The five C's are:

Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes

Interact with cultural competence and understanding

Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations

Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence

Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

COMAR Regulation 13A.04.11, Programs in World Languages
: Unanimously adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education on January 26, 2010.

World Languages in Maryland

Maryland students have the opportunity to increase cultural awareness and develop language skills in eleven languages in grades K-12. 2015-2016 World Languages Enrollment Report provides information on language offerings in each of Maryland’s 24 school systems.

Maryland Heritage Language Task Force Report

ACTFL - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

MFLA - Maryland Foreign Language Association

We should have every child speaking more than one language!

-- President Barack Obama

Contact Information

Bonnie Pechulis
Language Acquisition and Assessment Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0331
Fax: 410-333-1146
Email:  bonnie.pechulis@maryland.gov

Susan C. Spinnato
Director of Instructional Programs
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0349
Fax:  410-333-1146
Email:  susan.spinnato@maryland.gov
 World Languages
Language Learning for College, Career and World-Readiness
World Languages Elementary STEM Curriculum Modules
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