**Exploratory Continuum

Exploratory Class (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking is expected at all levels, but the focus of this level is speaking and listening)

The purpose of an exploratory class is to expose students to languages so that they can make decisions on which language(s) they would like to study further. These classes vary in levels of language proficiency to be achieved, amount of cultural knowledge to be gained, and time required to reach the program goals. Classes are designed to provide a grade appropriate learning experience aiming for some degree of language proficiency.

Listening

 Follow clear, basic directions in group situations
 Listen to and derive meaning from a variety of spoken language sources and situations
 Understand a variety of spoken messages
 Recognize words, phrases, expressions, and grammatical structures
 Recognize patterns of sound in oral language
 Demonstrate comprehension through appropriate responses
 Identify main idea, details and sequence of events from a variety of sources

Speaking

 Speak in the target language for a variety of purposes with diverse audiences
 Apply pronunciation rules and intonation patterns
 Use vocabulary, grammatical forms, and structures of the target language to convey meaning
 Use gestures, single words, simple phrases and complete sentences during greetings and to communicate needs in social and academic settings
 Deliver short presentations on content area concepts which may include conversations and/or visual aids
 Use some humor

Reading

 Interpret written language on a variety of topics
 Recognize words, phrases, expressions, and grammatical structures
 Demonstrate knowledge of sound-symbol relationship in context
 Apply reading skills from their first language to comprehend various texts
 Identify main ideas, details and sequence of events from visually-supported texts
 Predict meaning of unknown words based on the context

Writing

 Write simple sentences and phrases using a model and attending to basic conventions to convey meaning
 Write about personal and group experiences using background knowledge and illustrations
 Format written work appropriately e.g., margins, dates, and indenting
 Spell frequently used words and sight words correctly in the context of writing

Cultural Competency

 Observe and identify everyday cultural practices
 Use culturally appropriate gestures, body language and oral expressions for common or familiar interactions
 Listen to or read materials in the language from the cultures being studied.


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