Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Foreign Languages reflects the latest research in the field of second language instruction as presented in Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century.1 This document, developed by leaders in second language education from across the United States, outlines standards for language learning. The Wisconsin content standards were adopted from this national document.
Wisconsin State Statutes require access to world language education beginning in grade 7. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction strongly recommends beginning regular world language instruction as early as possible in the elementary grades. Instruction should be in the target language 90% of the time (ACTFL Recommendations) with a curriculum based on Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Learning World Languages.