The foundational centerpiece of the TELL Project is the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework, which establishes those characteristics and behaviors that model teachers exhibit. The Framework consists of 7 domains designed to address a teacher’s need to Prepare for Student Learning, Advance Student Learning, and Support Student Learning.
Effective language learning experiences must be carefully orchestrated by a teacher who builds relationships with students, works with them to create an environment in which they can flourish, and plans courses, units and lessons that are standards-based and embed high-yield learning and teaching strategies. The TELL domains Environment and Planning address the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by an effective language teacher who is preparing for student learning.
The use of high-yield teaching, learning and assessment strategies supported by carefully-chosen resources goes a long way in ensuring the advancement of student learning. The TELL domains The Learning Experience, Performance & Feedback, and Learning Tools show how an effective teacher can move students toward the attainment of course, unit and lesson objectives.
High quality student learning is the result of the efforts of many people. The TELL domains Collaboration and Professionalism demonstrate how effective teachers identify, involve and leverage the support of all stakeholders in the learning process, how their own professional preparation contributes to student success, and how they model life-long learning skills through their own professional growth.