The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) uses a set of guidelines to gauge language proficiency, and SITES uses these guidelines to develop appropriate language learning goals and materials.
SITES works hard to align its curriculum with the Ohio World Language Standards, many of which align directly with the SITES philosophy:
For a list of all Ohio World Language Standards click here.
Students as effective communicators use languages to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken language and written text, and to present information, concepts and ideas.
Students as collaborators use their native and acquired languages to learn from and work cooperatively across cultures with global team members, sharing responsibility and making necessary compromises while working toward a common goal.
Students as inquirers frame, analyze and synthesize information as well as negotiate meaning across language and culture in order to explore problems and issues from their own and different perspectives.
Students as creators and innovators respond to new and diverse perspectives. They use language in imaginative and original ways to make useful contributions
Students as flexible and adaptable language learners are open-minded, willing to take risks and accept the ambiguity of language while balancing diverse global perspectives.