Supporting Common Core Goals and 21st Century Skills in the German Classroom

Supporting Common Core Goals and 21st Century Skills in the German Classroom Stressing that foreign language instruction supports development of thinking, reading, and writing abilities in one’s native language also reinforces the relevance of a modern and dynamic German program to prepare students for the 21st century world. If your school is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS), you should ensure that German instruction is consistent with CCSS educational objectives. Participants will learn how to integrate CCCS and 21st Century World Language Skills in their lesson plans and to apply these intentionally.

Basic module – CCSS and German language instruction
Contributions of a German program to achieving Common Core State Standards

  • Overview of Harmonized Standards (National Standards, Common Core)
  • Identifying relevant Common Core Standards
  • Demonstrating the value of my German program using key Common Core Standards
  • Restructuring of existing learning objectives, adapting these to the CCSS
  • Applying the CCSS using reading as an example
Supplementary module – 21st Century World Language Skills in the classroom
Participants will be introduced to 21st Century World Language Skills with specific pedagogical examples.
  • Comparing "21st Century Skills" with previous methods of instruction
  • "21st Century Skills" in German language instruction, including:
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Information Literacy
    • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills