It is now commonly understood that language and culture are inextricably connected. Every language is used within a culture and every culture involves communication in at least one language. These two concepts of language and culture cannot exist in isolation, but rather influence and depend on each other.
The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements were originally published with a focus on authentic communication and were a useful guide for language teachers to make sure that the students were using the language in communicative contexts. The Intercultural Can Do Statements were published a few years later. In addition to the goal of language proficiency they now include competencies for investigating and engaging in the various cultures where the language is used.
- The Intercultural Can Do Statements continue to have an initial and primary focus on language proficiency:
- They now include these goals for investigating and interacting with culture:
- The Intercultural Can Do Statements include goals for investigating products and practices along with the language and behavior to interact:
- There are also specific goals by proficiency level that dive into further detail:
By following the communicative goals along with the intercultural goals we are moving our students toward a stronger CQ (Cultural Intelligence). This will provide the skills and insight to navigate, interact and behavior appropriately and respectfully in cultures that are different from their own.