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The following is an unofficial translation of the main idea of each of the twelve general objectives for the Foreign Language Area in the Secondary Level Curriculum (B.O.E. June, 1994).

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General Objectives

1          To understand the global and specific information of oral and written messages in the foreign language related to the various and usual situations of communication, either directly performed by a speaker or by the media.

2            Produce oral and written messages in the foreign language, using linguistic and extra-linguistic means in various and common situations of communication in order to communicate fluently and accurately, showing respect and interest in understanding and being understood.

3          Read texts comprehensively and autonomously, obtaining global and specific information, written at an appropriate level for their abilities and interests, related to school and non-school communication situations.

4          Read texts for different purposes, valuing their importance as a source of information, enjoyment and leisure, and as a means to access to various cultures and lifestyles different from their own.

5          Use the foreign language as a vehicle to communicate in class, using linguistic and extra-linguistic means, in the most common everyday relation in communication.

6          Reflect, during the learning process, on how the linguistic system works as one of the means to improve performance on their own.

7          Value how the knowledge of foreign languages helps us to participate in international relations and in other areas of human activity.

8            Become aware of how valuable are the various languages and cultures as different ways of codifying one's experience and organising relations among other people.

9          Getting to know other people paying attention to the rules of the communicative interchange and adopting co-operative and tolerant attitudes.

10            Maintain a receptive and critical attitude towards the information coming from the culture of the foreign language, in order to reflect upon one's reality and to change it.

11        Apply previous experience in other languages to the foreign language to develop autonomous learning strategies and establish analogies, comparisons and contrasts among languages within the curriculum.

12        Reflect upon their own learning process by means of self-observation, self-correction and self-evaluation.





Jamie Fowlie, 2000