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New Standards for Arabic Language Learning Published in New Book

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

July 28, 2006, Alexandria, VA – For the first time, formal standards that can be used to develop curriculum for students learning Modern Standard Arabic have been published.  The 3rd Edition of Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century has been published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and includes guidelines for students at all levels studying 10 languages, including Chinese, Classical Languages, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish in addition to the new Arabic standards.  These student standards describe what students should know and be able to do K-16 with specific sample progress indicators for the end of grades 4, 8, 12, and 16.

The standards for each language were developed by and are revised by representatives of the eleven organizations representing teachers of those languages, under the auspices of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education collaborative.  First published in 1996, the book has now been revised twice.  The purpose of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century is to establish common criteria with which educators can measure student progress at different stages of learning a language.

The Standards book is available by credit card for $27.50 by calling 1-800-627-0629 and asking for customer service.

Production and marketing of the book is being administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, an 8500-member association of teachers and administrators of language education at all levels.



Friday, July 28, 2006