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Modern Languages and Latin

The Georgia Standards of Excellence for World Languages

On January 17, 2019, the State Board of Education approved 7 new Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) courses for world languages. These courses will be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year. The courses include 6 new Middle School Dual Language Immersion Courses and a Spanish for Native Speakers Level 3 course.

Please visit the Georgia Standards of Excellence for World Languages Webpage for more information.

Georgia Performance Standards

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:

  • 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.
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.