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Standards and Guidelines

There are not official New Hampshire Curriculum Frameworks for World Languages at this time. There are, however, state-sponsored World Language Competencies for High Schools.

  • World Language teachers (25 teachers from 12 high schools around the state) convened over 3 days in August 2007 to create and refine first drafts of course-level competencies for French, German, Latin (Greek) and Spanish. Follow-up meetings took place in February 2008 to review the draft competencies and work on assessment rubrics. The final model competencies for French, German, Latin, and Spanish are now available below. For more information contact Jan Hennessey at

New Hampshire High School Redesign

In lieu of state curriculum frameworks, educators are advised to access the NH Guidelines

NH Guidelines

The New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers has developed guidelines which are closely modeled on the National Standards. The New Hampshire Guidelines for World Language Learning K-College can be downloaded from

National Standards

Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century - The site contains links for downloading a free 8-page executive summary and ordering a complete copy of the standards.

Bringing the Standards into the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide - This guide was written to assist teachers in aligning their present foreign language curriculum with the National Standards for student learning. This project was initiated by the Iowa State University National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center and is an example of the types of resources developed by the Language Resource Centers.

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