STATE GOAL 28: Use the target language to communicate within and beyond the classroom setting.
Why This Goal Is Important: At the core of foreign language learning is mastery of the four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In modern languages, the ultimate goal is to attain the ability and confidence necessary to interact with fluency in oral and written contexts with native speakers. This communication may occur both in person and through technology. This interaction in the target language is central to all curriculum and instruction in the modern languages. On the other hand, in classical languages, the goal is to focus more on linguistic structures and textual studies with much less emphasis on oral communication.
A. Understand oral communication in the target language.