The Spanish program bases its outcomes on the proficiency-based guidelines outlined by the internationally recognized standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Communication: Students can carry out comprehension and expressive functions in the acquired or learned language.
Content Knowledge: Students acquire linguistic skills as well as cultural knowledge of the countries where the language is spoken.
Critical Thinking and Analysis: Students can engage ideas on concrete topics from the culture under study, and delineate reasons and explanations for opinions and positions.
Inquiry: Students can navigate resources in the language under study to carry out life functions as well as deepen their understanding of the culture in countries where the language is used.
Intercultural Competency: Students can function in a culture other than their first sufficiently to avoid cultural taboos and be able to explain cultural differences.
Integrated Learning: Students can combine acquired linguistic skills and cultural knowledge and apply them to unfamiliar topics in order to gain new insights and engage discussion of newly acquired knowledge.
Means of Assessment
At each level of the program (beginning, intermediate, advanced and content-specific) the six outcomes are assessed using the following tools:
- Discreet point testing on quizzes, written tests, and oral tests.
- Testing of functional benchmarks through written tests, oral tests, role plays, simulations, and interviews, essay assignments, research papers and projects, Web-quests, multi-genre projects and creative products.
- State-wide, nationally, and internationally recognized assessments including the Oregon Benchmark IV Oral Assessment, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, European Language Passport Self-Assessment, and Common European Frame of Reference (CERF) Certificate Tests, PRAXIS.