World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages — Grade 7


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IC Adv-High

I can express myself freely and spontaneously, and for the most part accurately, on concrete topics and on most complex issues. I can usually support my opinion and develop hypotheses on topics of particular interest or personal expertise.A. I can exchange complex information about academic and professional tasks.B. I can exchange detailed information on topics within and beyond my fields of interest.

IC Adv-Low

I can participate in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life. I can talk in an organized way and with some detail about events and experiences in various time frames. I can describe people, places, and things in an organized way and with some detail. I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.A. I can participate in conversations on a wide variety of topics that go beyond my everyday life.B. I can compare and contrast life in different locations and in different times.C. I can resolve an unexpected complication that arises in a familiar situation.D. I can conduct or participate in interviews.

IC Adv-Mid

I can express myself fully not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can talk in detail and in an organized way about events and experiences in various time frames. I can confidently handle routine situations with an unexpected complication. I can share my point of view in discussions on some complex issues.A. I can communicate effectively on a wide variety of present, past, and future events.B. I can exchange general information on topics outside my fields of interest.C. I can handle a complication or unexpected turn of events.

IC Dist

I can communicate reflectively on a wide range of global issues and highly abstract concepts in a culturally sophisticated manner.A. I can use my language persuasively to advocate a point of view that is not necessarily my own.B. I can tailor language to a variety of audiences by adapting my speech and register in culturally authentic ways.C. I can communicate skillfully and succinctly, often using cultural and historical references to say less and mean more.

IC Int-High

I can participate with ease and confidence in conversations on familiar topics. I can usually talk about events and experiences in various time frames. I can usually describe people, places, and things. I can handle social interactions in everyday situations, sometimes even when there is an unexpected complication.A. I can exchange information related to areas of mutual interest.B. I can use my language to do a task that requires multiple steps.C. I can use my language to handle a situation that may have a complication.

IC Int-Low

I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.A. I can have a simple conversation on a number of everyday topics.B. I can ask and answer questions on factual information that is familiar to me.C. I can use the language to meet my basic needs in familiar situations.

IC Int-Mid

I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.A. I can start, maintain, and end a conversation on a variety of familiar topics.B. I can talk about my daily activities and personal preferences.C. I can use my language to handle tasks related to my personal needs.D. I can exchange information about subjects of special interest to me.

IC Nov-High

I can communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language. I can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.A. I can exchange some personal information.B. I can exchange information using texts, graphs, or pictures.C. I can ask for and give simple directionsD. I can make plans with others.E. I can interact with others in everyday situations.

IC Nov-Low

I can communicate on some very familiar topics using single words and phrases that I have practiced and memorized.A. I can greet my peers.B. I can introduce myself to someone. C. I can answer a few simple questions.

IC Nov-Mid

I can communicate on very familiar topics using a variety of words and phrases that I have practiced and memorized.A. I can greet and leave people in a polite way.B. I can introduce myself and others.C. I can answer a variety of simple questions.D. I can make some simple statements in a conversation.E. I can ask some simple questions.F. I can communicate basic information about myself and people I know.G. I can communicate some basic information about my everyday life.

IC Sup

I can communicate with ease, accuracy, and fluency. I can participate fully and effectively in discussions on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings. I can discuss at length complex issues by structuring arguments and developing hypotheses.A. I can support my opinions clearly and precisely.B. I can discuss complex information in debates or meetings.C. I can participate with ease in complex discussions with multiple participants on a wide variety of topics.

IL Adv-High

I can easily follow narrative, informational, and descriptive speech. I can understand discussions on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts. I can sometimes follow extended arguments and different points of view.A. I can easily understand detailed reports and exposs.B. I can often understand various viewpoints in extended arguments.C. I can understand discussions and presentations on many concrete and abstract topics.

IL Adv-Low

I can understand the main idea and some supporting details in organized speech on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in a variety of genres on familiar topics, even when something unexpected is expressed.A. I understand descriptions and stories of events that have happened or will happen.B. I can understand the main idea of popular genres.

IL Adv-Mid

I can understand the main idea and most supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames. I can understand information presented in most genres, even when not familiar with the topic.A. I can understand the main idea and many details of descriptions or interviews.B. I can understand accounts of events.C. I can understand directions and instructions on everyday tasks.

IL Dist

I can understand highly abstract and specialized speech tailored to different audiences. I can understand sophisticated language, humor, and persuasive arguments embedded with cultural references and allusions.A. I can understand speech that is tailored to either formal or informal contexts.B. I can understand a wide range of idioms, metaphors, and culturally embedded references.C. I can follow speech that takes a surprising turn.

IL Int-High

I can easily understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can usually understand a few details of what I overhear in conversations, even when something unexpected is expressed. I can sometimes follow what I hear about events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can easily understand straightforward information or interactions.B. I can understand a few details in ads, announcements, and other simple recordings.C. I can sometimes understand situations with complicating factors.

IL Int-Low

I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.A. I can understand the basic purpose of a message.B. I can understand messages related to my basic needs.C. I can understand questions and simple statements on everyday topics when I am part of the conversation.

IL Int-Mid

I can understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can understand the main idea in conversations that I overhear.A. I can understand basic information in ads, announcements, and other simple recordings.B. I can understand the main idea of what I listen to for personal enjoyment.C. I can understand messages related to my everyday life.

IL Nov-High

I can often understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life. I can recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being said.A. I can sometimes understand simple questions or statements on familiar topics.B. I can understand simple information when presented with pictures and graphs.C. I can sometimes understand the main topic of conversations that I overhear.

IL Nov-Low

I can recognize a few memorized words and phrases when I hear them spoken.A. I can occasionally identify the sound of a character or a word.B. I can occasionally understand isolated words that I have memorized, particularly when accompanied by gestures or pictures.

IL Nov-Mid

I can recognize some familiar words and phrases when I hear them spoken.A. I can understand a few courtesy phrases.B. I can recognize and sometimes understand basic information in words and phrases that I have memorized.C. I can recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that I have learned for specific purposes.

IL Sup

I can follow a wide range of academic and professional discourse on abstract and specialized topics. I can understand all standard dialects. I can sometimes infer complex meaning that requires deep understanding of the culture.A. I can understand a variety of abstract and technical topics within my field of expertise.B. I can understand discussions on various issues of general interest.C. I can understand implications and inferences in discussions or presentations.

IR Adv-High

I can easily follow narrative, informational, and descriptive texts. I can understand what I read on most topics that deal with special interests, unfamiliar situations, and abstract concepts. I can sometimes understand extended arguments and different points of view.A. I can understand narrative, descriptive, and informational texts of any length.B. I can read about most topics of special interest.C. I can read most general fiction and non-fiction.

IR Adv-Low

I can understand the main idea and some supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various time frames and genres.A. I can find and use information for practical purposes.B. I can read texts that compare and contrast information.C. I can follow simple written instructions.

IR Adv-Mid

I can understand the main idea and most supporting details in texts on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some professional topics. I can follow stories and descriptions of considerable length and in various time frames. I can understand texts written in a variety of genres, even when I am unfamiliar with the topic.A. I can follow the general idea and some details of what is written in a variety of stories and autobiographical accounts.B. I can understand general information on topics outside my field of interest.C. I can understand messages on a wide variety of past, present, and future events.

IR Dist

I can understand with ease and confidence highly abstract and specialized texts that are succinct or elaborate. I can follow unpredictable turns of thought. I can manage inference from within the cultural framework.A. I can understand technical language and jargon.B. I can understand beyond the text, understanding inferences, subtleties, literary devices, and rhetorical structures of diverse works.C. I can understand popular texts that contain slang, idioms, satire, and cultural references.

IR Int-High

I can easily understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life, personal interests, and studies. I can sometimes follow stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can understand accounts of personal events or experiences.B. I can sometimes follow short, written instructions when supported by visuals.C. I can understand the main idea of and a few supporting facts about famous people and historic events.

IR Int-Low

I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.A. I can understand messages in which the writer tells or asks me about topics of personal interest.B. I can identify some simple information needed on forms.C. I can identify some information from news media.

IR Int-Mid

I can understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.A. I can understand simple personal questions.B. I can understand basic information in ads, announcements, and other simple texts.C. I can understand the main idea of what I read for personal enjoyment.D. I can read simple written exchanges between other people.

IR Nov-High

I can understand familiar words, phrases, and sentences within short and simple texts related to everyday life. I can sometimes understand the main idea of what I have read.A. I can usually understand short simple messages on familiar topics.B. I can sometimes understand short, simple descriptions with the help of pictures or graphs.C. I can sometimes understand the main idea of published materials.D. I can understand simple everyday notices in public places on topics that are familiar to me.

IR Nov-Low

I can recognize a few letters or characters. I can identify a few memorized words and phrases when I read.A. I can recognize a few letters or characters.B. I can connect some words, phrases, or characters to their meanings.

IR Nov-Mid

I can recognize some letters or characters. I can understand some learned or memorized words and phrases when I read.A. I can recognize words, phrases, and characters with the help of visuals.B. I can recognize words, phrases, and characters when I associate them with things I already know.

IR Sup

I can follow academic, professional, and literary texts on a wide range of both familiar and unfamiliar subjects. I can sometimes infer complex meaning that requires analysis and deep understanding of the culture.A. I can analyze the primary argument and supporting details. B. I can understand detailed information within and beyond my fields of interest.C. I can comprehend complex texts on abstract topics of interest to me.

PS Adv-High

I can deliver detailed presentations, usually with accuracy, clarity and precision, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and some special fields of expertise.A. I can present complex information on many concrete topics and related issues.B. I can present a viewpoint with supporting arguments on a complex issue.C. I can use appropriate presentational conventions and strategies.

PS Adv-Low

I can deliver organized presentations appropriate to my audience on a variety of topics. I can present information about events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can deliver short presentations on a number of academic and workplace topics.B. I can deliver short presentations on social and cultural topics.C. I can explain issues of public and community interest, including different viewpoints.D. I can deliver presentations for a specific audience.

PS Adv-Mid

I can deliver well-organized presentations on concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can present detailed information about events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can present information about events of public or personal interest.B. I can convey my ideas and elaborate on a variety of academic topics.C. I can give presentations with ease and detail on a wide variety of topics related to professional interests.

PS Dist

I can deliver sophisticated and articulate presentations on a wide range of global issues and highly abstract concepts in a culturally appropriate manner, tailored to a variety of audiences.A. I can present skillfully and with accuracy, efficiency, and effectiveness in a variety of settings.B. I can tailor my presentation to engage an audience whose attitudes and culture may be different from my own.

PS Int-High

I can make presentations in a generally organized way on school, work, and community topics, and on topics I have researched. I can make presentations on some events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can present information on academic and work topics.B. I can make a presentation on events, activities, and topics of particular interest.C. I can present my point of view and provide reasons to support it.

PS Int-Low

I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.A. I can talk about people, activities, events, and experiences. B. I can express my needs and wants.C. I can present information on plans, instructions, and directions.D. I can present songs, short skits, or dramatic readings.E. I can express my preferences on topics of interest.

PS Int-Mid

I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.A. I can make a presentation about my personal and social experiences.B. I can make a presentation on something I have learned or researched.C. I can make a presentation about common interests and issues and state my viewpoint.

PS Nov-High

I can present basic information on familiar topics using language I have practiced using phrases and simple sentences.A. I can present information about my life using phrases and simple sentences.B. I can tell about a familiar experience or event using phrases and simple sentences.C. I can present basic information about a familiar person, place, or thing using phrases and simple sentences.D. I can present information about others using phrases and simple sentences.E. I can give basic instructions on how to make or do something using phrases and simple sentences.F. I can present basic information about things I have learned using phrases and simple sentences.

PS Nov-Low

I can present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using single words or memorized phrases.A. I can recite words and phrases that I have learned.B. I can state the names of familiar people, places, and objects in pictures and posters using words or memorized phrases.C. I can introduce myself to a group.D. I can recite short memorized phrases, parts of poems, and rhymes.

PS Nov-Mid

I can present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and memorized expressions.A. I can present information about myself and others using words and phrases.B. I can express my likes and dislikes using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.C. I can present information about familiar items in my immediate environment.D. I can talk about my daily activities using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.E. I can present simple information about something I learned using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.

PS Sup

I can deliver detailed presentations with accuracy, clarity, and precision to a wide variety of audiences on topics and issues ranging from broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise.A. I can give a clearly articulated and well-structured presentation on a complex topic or issue.B. I can adapt the language in my presentation for casual, professional, or general public audiences.C. I can depart from the prepared text of my presentation when appropriate.

PW Adv-High

I can write extensively with significant precision and detail on a variety of topics, most complex issues, and some special fields of expertise.A. I can write using target language and culture conventions to present and elaborate a point of view.B. I can write using target language and culture conventions for informal purposes.C. I can write using target language and culture conventions for formal purposes.

PW Adv-Low

I can write on general interest, academic, and professional topics. I can write organized paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can meet basic school and academic writing needs.B. I can meet basic work and career writing needs.C. I can meet basic social and civic writing needs.

PW Adv-Mid

I can write on a wide variety of general interest, professional, and academic topics. I can write well-organized, detailed paragraphs in various time frames.A. I can write well organized texts for a variety of academic purposes.B. I can write well organized texts for a variety of professional purposes.C. I can write well organized texts for a variety of general interest purposes.

PW Dist

I can write about global issues from highly conceptualized and analytical perspectives. I can tailor my writing to sophisticated readers.A. I can craft texts using a variety of writing styles reflective of target culture patterns.B. I can write as succinctly or elaborately as required by the purpose of the writing.C. I can write creatively.

PW Int-High

I can write on topics related to school, work, and community in a generally organized way. I can write some simple paragraphs about events and experiences in various time frames.A. I can write about school and academic topics.B. I can write about work and career topics.C. I can write about community topics and events.D. I can write about an entertainment or social event.

PW Int-Low

I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.A. I can write about people, activities, events, and experiences.B. I can prepare materials for a presentation.C. I can write about topics of interest.D. I can write basic instructions on how to make or do something.E. I can write questions to obtain information.

PW Int-Mid

I can write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.A. I can write messages and announcements.B. I can write short reports about something I have learned or researched.C. I can compose communications for public distribution.

PW Nov-High

I can write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.A. I can write information about my daily life in a letter, blog, discussion board, or email message.B. I can write short notes using phrases and simple sentences.C. I can write about a familiar experience or event using practiced material.D. I can write basic information about things I have learned.E. I can ask for information in writing.

PW Nov-Low

I can copy some familiar words, characters, or phrases.A. I can copy some characters or letters and words that I see on the wall or board, in a book, or on the computer.B. I can write words and phrases that I have learned.C. I can label familiar people, places, and objects in pictures and posters.

PW Nov-Mid

I can write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics.A. I can fill out a simple form with some basic personal information.B. I can write about myself using learned phrases and memorized expressions.C. I can list my daily activities and write lists that help me in my day-to-day life.D. I can write notes about something I have learned using lists, phrases, and memorized expressions.

PW Sup

I can write about complex and abstract issues ranging from topics of broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise using standard structure, lexicon, and writing protocols.A. I can write effectively about complex and abstract issues of general interest.B. I can write about complex and abstract issues on academic and professional topics.C. I can develop an argument using the writing mechanics and organizational style of the target language and culture.