The Georgia Performance Standards for Modern Languages (GPS) are based on Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language(ACTFL) Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners. The GPS are organized in outline form, integrating the national standards and the three modes of communication: interpersonal (IP), interpretive (INT), and presentational (P), as well as Cultural Perspectives, Practices and Products (CU), and Connections, Comparisons, and Communities (CCC). Also included are assessment recommendations and a list of suggested skills and topics for each level.
The goals of the modern language standards are:
The modern language curriculum will develop students’ skills in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural competence. In addition, the curriculum will provide them with the ability to view, absorb, and evaluate material from non-print sources.
- To equip students with realistic lifelong skills that will enable them to function competently in a language other than their own and communicate and compete effectively in the global community and marketplace;
- To instill a greater awareness of their own culture and the culture(s) of others;
- To enrich students' lives by increasing their appreciation for language and culture.