Spanish Language Arts Framework (Marco ALE)

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Growing linguistic equity in language arts

The purpose of WIDA’s Spanish language arts framework, Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español (Marco ALE), is to provide the key elements for the development of standards and the teaching of Spanish language arts. Therefore, the Marco ALE is presented in two documents:

  • Standards design and enhancement: Aplicación para la actualización y desarrollo de estándares
  • Teaching and learning: Aplicación para la enseñanza

These documents provide guidelines for the implementation of Marco ALE, while highlighting the linguistic and academic opportunities for bi/multilingual students learning Spanish.

Marco ALE is almost here! Join us for the Marco ALE de WIDA launch event on 
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Three Strands of the Marco ALE Braid

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Las ideologías orientadoras

These are core ideas to guide the development of standards and instruction that leverage local values and fulfill the development of skills that empower students to participate in their local and global communities with opportunities to transform their surroundings.

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Las prácticas de la disciplina

These represent the intersection of knowledge, experiences and content skills (in this case, of language arts), fused with the ability to read, write, listen, speak, think critically and perform meaningfully within the context of the given field.

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Los conceptos básicos

In this framework, conceptos básicos refers to the Spanish language academic areas, which include la oralidad, la lectura, la escritura and el lenguaje (orality, reading, writing and language).

Using Marco ALE

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Marco ALE: Aplicación para la actualización y desarrollo de estándares

This document is for policy makers and educators responsible for the development, enhancement and alignment of Spanish language arts standards.

The document will be available to view and download on September 28, 2021.

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Marco ALE: Aplicación para la enseñanza

This document is for teachers and others who provide direct instruction of Spanish language arts at the school level. This document serves as a guide to learn more about the elements of Marco ALE and how to apply them in the classroom.

A sample of the document will be available to view and download on September 28, 2021.

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WIDA Español offers educators who teach academic content in Spanish a system for supporting instruction and assessment.

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WIDA Español provides professional learning opportunities for educators working with Spanish language programs.

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Explore additional Spanish language tools and resources to support Spanish language development.

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Get an overview of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, the Big Ideas, and the four components of the framework.