World Language Distance Learning Resources

  • The Yonkers Public Schools World Language Distance Learning Channel is to provide support with lesson and materials ideas for teacher, students, and families taking Spanish and Italian courses as a World Language or Heritage Language. 

    In alignment with the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL), the Language Acquisition Department views communication as the impetus in language use and facilitates second language acquisition.  The different Modes of Communication are the essential features that will inform and guide instruction and assessment in the distance learning World Language classroom. 

    Language Skills: Modes of Communication

    Communication Graphic

    Interpretative (Listening & Reading)

    • Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

    Interpersonal (Speaking & Writing)

    • Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken or written conversation to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.

    Presentational (Speaking & Writing)

    • Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.

    Cultural Competence Skills: The 3 P’s (Annotation)

    Language is the written and oral expressions of a people’s culture.  Therefore, culture should not be considered as a separate entity with its own curriculum and activities, as it exists in every aspect of the language.  The 3 P’s represent how language is contextualized in order to enhance meaning.

    Culture graphic


    Products: Both Tangible and Intangible

    • Items required or justified by the underlying beliefs and values of that culture.  Examples include books, arts and crafts, tools, foods, laws, dress, types of dwellings, music, dances, and games.

    Practices: Patterns of Social Interactions

    • Patterns of social interactions of behaviors accepted by a society, such as rites of passage, use of forms of discourse, rituals and traditions.

    Perspectives: Meanings, Attitudes, Values, & Ideas

    Representing a culture’s view of the world, including meanings, attitudes, values, and ideas. Identification of the products and practices utilized can inform the perspectives of the cultures studied.

    Cultural knowledge and culture appropriate communication skills play an important role in all three modes of communication. 

    Interpretative: developing sufficient knowledge of the target culture to understand culture-specific meanings.

    Interpersonal: developing culturally appropriate interaction in the second language.

    Presentational: guiding learner’s selection of culture-appropriate contents and use of style and register, i.e., the conscious or subconscious understanding of what can be said to whom, how, and in what circumstances.