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The Use of Internet Technologies to Integrate the National Foreign Language Standards in a Cultural Learning Scenario Format

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In a standards-based curriculum, all five standards should be seamlessly integrated. Thus, the cultural standard would be intertwined with other aspects of a foreign language curriculum: making connections with other disciplines (history, art, cinematography, film), drawing linguistic and cultural comparisons between the source and target languages and cultures, and engaging in use of the target language outside the classroom with various communities (e.g., other language learning communities, target culture communities in the U.S. or in target culture countries). In order to engage learners actively in the attainment of these goals, they must participate in activities based on the communication standard. These would consist of tasks that would allow for practice of the interpretive (receptive skills), presentational (productive skills), and interpersonal (interactive skills) modes.

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