Competencies in Languages Phase II

Statement of Competencies in Languages Other Than English Expected of Entering Freshman—Phase II: Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian

Fall 1994

"Statement of Competencies in Languages Other Than English Expected of Entering Freshman—Phase II: Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian"(Fall 1994) was developed as the first step in the process of creating an instrument for competency assessment and placement of students in postsecondary foreign language programs in California.

Preceded by a 1986 Statement for Phase I which described competencies for French, German and Spanish, this document builds upon the foundational work already done, but expands upon it as well. The project grew out of a sense of concern over the relatively small number of students who are conversant in a second language. This competency addresses the four language skills which are listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as developing a functional knowledge of the culture of the people who speak the language. This document is intended to assist students in preparing to enter college, parents and counselors as they advise those students, and high school teachers and administrators in planning curriculum. Given the ever-increasing number of cultures represented in California and the long and rich history of Asian immigrants (and therefore, their languages), it only makes sense that California’s educators would want to encourages their students to receive a quality education in these traditionally underrepresented languages.

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