Concept of Competency-based Education in World Languages

  1. Everyone can learn a language, but everyone learns at a different pace, in different ways and for different purposes.

  2. Learning occurs when what is learned has meaning to the learner.

  3. Goal setting & self-assessment increase motivation and improve achievement.

  4. Standards, targeted proficiencies, benchmarks, indicators and learner targets are meant to guide learning & should be shared with learners.

  5. Functional use of the language in appropriate contexts (culture, connections to other disciplines and comparisons) is the prime objective.

  6. A teacher’s role is to guide learning, provide language learning opportunities & resources and enable learners to set goals and know if they’ve met them.

  7. Assessment for learning and of language learning is designed so that the learner can show s/he demonstrates the benchmark/ learner targets.

  8. Credit is based on performance and awarded when the targeted proficiencies, benchmarks, indicators and learner targets are met.