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Domains: Standards, Levels of Progression, Benchmarks and Criteria

Domain of Appreciation of Literature and Culture, and Language


Standards


Pupils appreciate literature that is written in English and through it develop sensitivity
to a variety of cultures.
Pupils appreciate the nature of language and the differences between English and
other languages.


Appreciation of Literature and Culture - Levels of Progression

Foundation Level

Intermediate Level

Proficiency Level


Pupils become acquainted with and relate to short literary texts written in simple language, appropriate to their age and interests.

Pupils are aware that their culture is different from other cultures.

Pupils respond to literary texts.




Pupils become acquainted with norms and behaviors in a variety of cultures.

Pupils gain cultural, historical and social insight from reading unadapted literary texts.


Pupils develop critical perspectives toward different cultural values and norms.



Appreciation of Language - Levels of Progression

Foundation Level

Intermediate Level

Proficiency Level


Pupils appreciate that languages are different.

Pupils are aware of how English differs from their mother tongue.

Pupils gain insight into the complexities of languages.


Benchmarks for the Domain of Appreciation of Literature and Culture

Pupils will meet the standard for the domain of appreciation of literature and culture when they:

Foundation

Intermediate

Proficiency


are familiar with age- appropriate literary texts

recognize the use of basic literary techniques, such as metaphor, and apply them in creative writing

recognize the use of literary techniques in a variety of genres

describe main characters, setting and events in literary texts

discuss themes and conflicts in literary texts

interpret literary texts

communicate a personal response, verbally and/or visually, to a literary text

express ideas and opinions about literary texts

compare and contrast literary themes and relate to them from a personal perspective


are aware of the social and cultural framework within which literary texts were written

are aware of the author's background and the cultural, historical and/or social themes in literary texts or other cultural products

are familiar with different cultural products and practices

compare different cultural practices, behaviors and traditions with their own

are aware of how cultural practices are reflected in various literary and cultural products


Criteria

C o n t i n u u m


Foundation Level                                     Proficiency Level


Cultural Awareness

Limited Comprehensive
Interpretation
Concrete Abstract



Benchmarks for the Domain of Appreciation of Language

Pupils will meet the standard for the domain of appreciation of language when they:

Foundation

Intermediate

Proficiency


identify words that are the same in English and in their mother tongue

distinguish between words that sound the same in both languages but have different meanings

are aware that words in English are borrowed from a wide range of languages

know how word order, sound and writing systems in English are organized and how these elements compare with their mother tongue

compare different elements of English, such as tense and gender, to their mother tongue


are aware that not all words can be translated on a one-to-one correspondence

are aware that languages use different idiomatic expressions in order to convey the same idea

are aware that languages differ in syntax


are aware of differences in cultural conventions in English and their mother tongue, such as in greetings

are aware of the differences in the appropriate use of language and the dynamics of language changes, such as shifts in word connotations


Criteria

C o n t i n u u m


Foundation Level                                     Proficiency Level


Appropriacy

Emergent Appropriate

Awareness

Limited In-depth
Organization of Language
Word Discourse