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IDENTIFYING STRATEGIES TO INCREASE THE QUANTITY AND TARGET LANGUAGE FLUENCY OF WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS CONFERENCE CALLCONFERENCE CALL AUGUST 15, 2007AUGUST.

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1 IDENTIFYING STRATEGIES TO INCREASE THE QUANTITY AND TARGET LANGUAGE FLUENCY OF WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS CONFERENCE CALLCONFERENCE CALL AUGUST 15, 2007AUGUST 15, :00-11:30 AM11:00-11:30 AM

2 OVERVIEW WVDE 21 st Century Skills Initiative World Language Strategic Plan Issues Next Steps

3 WVDE 21 ST CENTURY SKILLS INITIATIVEWVDE 21 ST CENTURY SKILLS INITIATIVE The ability to communicate in multiple world languages has a direct impact on economical, political and societal progress in the 21 st Century world The ability to think at high levels in multiple world languages contributes to students strong academic achievement across content areas The ability to understand the nuances of ethnic and cultural diversity in multiple world languages plays a critical role in students overall global awareness

4 WORLD LANGUAGE STRATEGIC PLANWORLD LANGUAGE STRATEGIC PLAN Develop partnerships with higher education to impact teacher quality Expand critical languages Recruit native speakers and proficient speakers to the profession Establish supplemental teaching certificates and endorsements Provide loan forgiveness Facilitate local partnerships (college/school) Maintain improved communication

5 ISSUES OF CONCERNISSUES OF CONCERN NCATE Specialized Professional Standards for Foreign Language

6 NEXT STEPSNEXT STEPS 21st Century World Language Teacher Preparation Survey Conversation with Foreign Language Faculty

7 CONTACT INFORMATION Robert Crawford Coordinator, World Languages West Virginia Department of Education Bldg. 6 Room 318, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E Charleston, WV phone: (304) ext fax: (304)


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