The Pacing Guides for Levels I, II, and III were created in order to provide teachers of those levels of all languages with a more specific guide to the teaching of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and PWCS curriculum throughout a school year. The Pacing Guide is an overview of the key functions students will be able to do with the main topics and themes identified within the curriculum units in the four sills of the language: listening, reading, writing, and speaking stated in student-friendly terms or what our profession calls, Can Do statements. The Pacing Guide is divided according to the four marking periods and identifies the main curriculum content in order to allow sufficient time to meet all objectives in a timely manner.

Parents and students should receive the Pacing Guides at the beginning of the school year and they should help clarify the main learning targets for that year of world language study.

Another intended outcome of the Pacing Guide is to ensure that teachers of the same language and level from all middle and high schools meet the same objectives at a pace consistent with one another. Therefore, when students transfer from one school to another, the continuation of language study will be made easier by a smooth transition.

Pacing Guides are available in all of the world languages offered in PWCS: Arabic, ASL, French, Korean, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish and Spanish for Fluent Speakers (SFS).