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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)


B.S.Ed. with a major in Foreign Language-German

BSE in German requires 128 hours minimum
*Credits are semester hours

FL - German

North Dakota State Standards 8.12 (Foreign Language ≠ German)

In alignment with the mission statement and program goals, students graduating with a BA/BSE in FL-German option are mentored to achieve the following skills by program completion:

#1 Learning Outcome:
The FL major shall be able to demonstrate proficiency in the target language within or beyond the intermediate high to advanced range of the ACTFL proficiency scale in all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking.) This outcome reflects alignment with the following professional standards:

*professional standards published by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) for language proficiency: ACTFL recommends teacher candidates demonstrate a proficiency level at the advanced low level. Ongoing professional discussion is currently centered on the more realistic goal of high intermediate.

*NCATE standards for programs offering the BSE degree:
#1: Language, Linguistics, Comparisons

*ND State Standards for 8.12 Foreign Language:
#8.12.1: study designed to develop skill in the target language...
#8.12.2: study designed to develop skill in language analysis...

#2 Learning outcome:
The FL major shall be able to demonstrate skills in cross-cultural communication, and knowledge of the target culture, sufficient to assess the connections between the cultureís products, practices and perspectives-ACTFL standard #2 Culture. The student shall be able to articulate the socio-cultural-historical issues of the target culture and how they are registered in the work of significant authors/directors and literary/art movements. This outcome is aligned with the following professional standards:

*NCATE standards for programs offering the BSE degree:
#2: a. Demonstrating Cultural Understandings; b. Demonstrating Understanding of Literary Texts and Traditions; c. Integrating Other Disciplines in Instruction

*ND State Standards for 8.12 Foreign Language:
#8.12.3: study designed to provide knowledge of the target culture

#3 Learning outcome:
The FL major shall be able to demonstrate the ability to integrate research in a formal, individually conceived project that furthers the studentís own intellectual development and/or may find application in future professional contexts (conference papers, publications, teaching). This outcome is aligned with the following professional standards:

*NCATE standards for programs offering the BSE degree:
#2: a. Demonstrating Cultural Understandings; b. Demonstrating Understanding of Literary Texts and Traditions; c. Integrating Other Disciplines in Instruction

*ND State Standards for 8.12 Foreign Language:
#8.12.3: study designed to provide knowledge of the target culture...
For students completing the BSE Pedagogy Option in the Senior Capstone project which includes the design of research informed learning scenarios, and corollary assessment measures, this outcome also meets the following standards:

*NCATE standards for programs offering the BSE degree:
#4: a. Understanding and Integrating Standards in Planning; b. Integrating Standards in Instruction; c. Selecting and Designing Instructional Materials #5: Assessment of Language and Cultures

*ND State Standards for 8.12 Foreign Language:
#8.12.4: studying methods of teaching foreign language...

*INTASC standards #4,#6,#7, and #8

#4 Learning outcome:
The FL major shall have successfully completed a significant period of study abroad that has enhanced his/her understanding of the perspectives and practices of the German-speaking world. This outcome is aligned with the following professional standard:

*ND State Standards for 8.12 Foreign Language:
#8.12.3: study designed to provide knowledge of the target culture...

Additional Outcomes for B.S.Ed. Students

#5 Learning Outcome
In addition to the above learning outcomes, and in alignment with the program goal that the teacher candidates demonstrate excellent skills in pedagogy, the student pursuing the BSE in FL-German shall meet the ten INTASC standards adopted by the Teacher Education department as the primary pedagogy skills exit criteria for teacher candidates.
In the required teacher education professional core courses, the candidate shall obtain, and demonstrate the ability to apply, general pedagogical knowledge. In LANG 390, FL Methods, the candidate shall demonstrate the ability to apply that knowledge to the foreign language classroom. Teacher candidates in LANG 390 shall demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of research in second language acquisition, and current effective teaching strategies unique to foreign language instruction, to the development and design of learning scenarios, performance assessments, culture units and overall curricular planning. This outcome is in alignment with the following professional standards:

*NCATE standards for programs offering the BSE degree:
#3: Language Acquisition Theories and Instructional Practices,

*ND State Standards for 8.12. Foreign Language:
8.12.4: studying methods of teaching foreign language including...
8.12.5: study of current, appropriate instructional technologies....

#6 Learning Outcome
BSE candidates shall demonstrate an ability to describe sentence structure using applicable grammatical terminology. This outcome is in alignment with the following professional standards:

*NCATE standards for programs offering the BSE degree:
#1: b. Understanding Linguistics

*ND State Standards for 8.12 Foreign Language:
#8.12.2: study designed to develop skill in language analysis...

Alignment of best practices and performance assessments in teaching with
ND State Program Standards
Bachelor of Science in Education: FL-German option

FL - German

Key to performance assessments:

1. interpersonal mode: interactive pair work, surveys, interviews, info gap activities, posing questions, replying to questions, asking for clarification and negotiating meaning.

2. interpretive mode: relating cultural products (ads, short stories, novels, songs, dramatic works, art) to the practices and perspectives of the culture--writing mock interviews with/or composing letters to the authors/characters/friends about the work; inventing alternative endings to the work; writing additional stanzas or composing new works in the same vein/genre; essays analyzing the work in relation to the cultural context/aims of genre/Weltanschauung; journaling.

3. presentational mode: posters detailing a series of lectures to be held on the topic of the novel/film/artwork; short presentations on author/aims of genre/Weltanschauung; chat board posting of interpretation of film/lit/artwork; skits derived from/reflecting cultural product/cultural institution/cultural policy; recitation of poetry on tape/video.

4. BSE exclusively: use of technologies--video-taped mini-lessons in methodology course; presentation of mini-lessons for peer feedback; power-point presentation or use of overhead projector for instructional purposes. Development of mini-lessons and presentation to class for peer review. Reflective journals. ND STATE STANDARDS:

#8.12.1
The program requires study designed to develop skill in the use of the target language: a) understanding the language as spoken; b) speaking the language with sufficient command of vocabulary, phonology, and syntax to carry on conversations; c) reading the language with comprehension; and d) writing the language. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

#8.12.2
The program requires study designed to develop skill in language analysis, including: a) analyzing the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the language and clarifying the differences and similarities between the language and English: and b) using the knowledge derived from applied linguistics in studying the language. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

#8.12.3
The program requires study designed to provide knowledge of the target culture, including: a) classifying the principal ways in which the culture resembles and differs from that of the United States; b) understanding geography, history, social customs, literature, art, and music, and their roles in the contemporary civilization of the culture; and c) displaying knowledge of representative literary masterpieces. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

#8.12.4
The program requires studying methods of teaching foreign language including current trends in foreign language with an examination of a variety of teaching methods and techniques. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

#8.12.5
The program requires the study of current, appropriate instructional technologies. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.