Why Culture? (Part 1): Five C’s of National Standards

It is now generally accepted that learning a new language also requires the learners to understand the culture of the target language. In the graphic below, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) shows the five C’s of the National Standards, namely Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. These five C’s represent the goals that should be included in the learning of all world languages.

The graphic shows that all these goals are interconnected and should not be treated in isolation. While communication remains at the top of the focus, learning a new language is more than just discussing grammar, building vocabulary, or practicing the four language skills. Cultures is an essential part that should never be neglected.

Here at Primera, we fully understand this notion and do our best to create a learning process that always places attention on cultural component of our students’ language and communication goals.  We believe that only through a genuine understanding of the culture will the learners be able to use a language effectively.

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