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World Languages -- Standards

Vision Statement:

Studying another language and culture provides powerful keys for successful communication: "knowing how, when, and why, to say what to whom" (National Standards, 1996). The organizing principle for language study is communication, which highlights the social, linguistic, and cultural aspects of language. The approach to second language instruction endorsed here is designed to facilitate meaningful interaction with others, whether they are on another continent, across town, within the neighborhood, or in the classroom.

Kansas Standards for World Languages

The World Language Standards were approved in July of 2017 by the State Board of Education. This document provides detailed descriptions of what students can do at the various levels of language proficiency within the domains of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. This guide also includes information on the following subjects as they pertain to World Language learners in the state of Kansas: Statement of Philosophy; the Rose Capacities; Language Levels and Proficiencies; the Cultural Triangle and Iceberg; Oral Proficiency in the Workplace, Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA), Unit Planning, and First Languages of Kansas amongst K-12 students.
 TitleModified Date
Kansas Standards for World Languages10/23/2020

World Languages Standards Presentations


World Languages Standards Documents


Curriculum Guides Per Level and Languages


World Languages Contact:


Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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