With the help of a three-year grant from the United States Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities, an eleven-member task force undertook the task of defining new language content standards- what students should know and be able to- in foreign language education. These standards are called the 5 C’s Standards.
The 5c’s Standards
1 C: Communication
2 C: Culture
3 C: Connections
4 C: Comparisons
5 C: Communities
We recognize that the 5 C’s standards are for a regular immersion program, providing instruction for 5 days per week for at least 6 hours per day. To overcome the challenge of adapting an incompatible set of standards, we modified and took portions from the 5 C’s that work best with our students and classes, and we call them the Language Skills Proficiency Scale.
Language Skills Proficiency Scale
There are a total of 4 levels that complete a full i-Immersion program and each level takes 2-3 years to master for a part-time after school class that meets 8-10 hours per week in a 10-month academic year.