ABSTRACT  Since the release of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in 1996, many teachers have been attempting to integrate communication, culture, connections, comparison and community standards into their classes and curricula. Yet, even as teachers search out innovative ways of communicating the target culture and language, connecting it with other disciplines, comparing it to U.S. language and culture, and using it in community contexts, it is also important to integrate the Standards into students' and teachers' own lives.