Curriculum and Instruction
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the study of world languages required at the elementary level in grades K-8?
Yes. N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.1 specifies expectations in nine content areas including world languages.
What is the required instructional time in Grades K-8?
Recommended instructional time allocations may be found in the 2009 standards document and are based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners and the results of a New Jersey three-year FLAP grant project. The need to provide appropriate time allocations to enable students to achieve the standards is underscored in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1.
What are the current high school graduation requirements for world languages?For additional information, contact Cheri Quinlan at 609-777-1478.
According to administrative code 6A:8-5.1(a)1i(7), students may fulfill the state minimum five-credit high school graduation requirement for world languages through a seat-time instructional program or by successfully completing a proficiency/competency-based exit test. The department offers guidelines on selecting proficiency assessments that may be used by districts. Further, N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(b)4 directs districts to actively encourage all students who otherwise meet the current-year requirements for high school graduation to accrue, during each year of enrollment, five credits in world languages aimed at preparation for entrance into postsecondary programs or 21st-century careers. Opportunities to develop higher levels of proficiency should be based on personal and career interests and should be encouraged in Personalized Student Learning Plans.