5 C’s: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities

The Wisconsin Standards for World Languages are designed to:

  • prepare students to use the language of instruction (target language) to communicate,
  • engage in disciplinary content learning,
  • investigate and interact within and across cultures,
  • participate in diverse contexts and communities,
  • compare languages and cultures,
  • develop skills for local and global community engagement, and
  • access the benefits of multilingualism for college, careers, and personal enrichment.

Standards-based world language learning environments reflect the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, commonly referred to as the 5 C’s: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities

K-12 World Language learners move through a continuum of proficiency from novice to advanced. The following resources define and describe what students can do at each level of proficiency:

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements

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