Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework

Defining Teacher Effectiveness

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.

Preparing for 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.

Advancing 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.

Supporting Student Learning

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.

Effective language learning experiences are carefully orchestrated by a teacher through building relationships with students, working with them to create an environment where they are safe and can flourish and that can support the identified learning performance objectives. The ENVIRONMENT domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question: How do you create a safe and supportive learning environment to prepare for student learning?

Effective language learning experiences are facilitated by the use of high-yield teaching and learning strategies designed to move students toward the attainment of carefully planned course, unit and lesson performance objectives. The LEARNING EXPERIENCE domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question:  How do you provide meaningful learning experiences that advance student learning? 

Effective language learning experiences require teachers to identify, involve and leverage the continuous support of a variety of stakeholders such as other educational professionals, parents, local and global community, and others in the learning process. The COLLABORATION domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question: How does your collaboration with stakeholders support student learning?

Effective language learning experiences are carefully planned by a teacher through standards-based course, units and lessons that embed high-yield strategies allowing students to reach identified course, unit, or lesson performance objectives. The PLANNING domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question: How does your planning of learning experiences prepare for student learning?

Effective language learning experiences are facilitated by the use of assessment strategies that allow students to demonstrate what they can do with what they know and to receive helpful feedback that advances the attainment of the performance objectives. The PERFORMANCE & FEEDBACK domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question: How do you and your students use performance and feedback to advance student learning? 

Effective language learning experiences require teachers to identify how their own continued professional preparation contributes to student success and how they can model life-long learning skills through their own professional growth. The PROFESSIONALISM domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question: How does your continued growth as a professional support student learning?

Effective language learning experiences are facilitated by the use of strategically selected resources designed to support course, unit and lesson performance objectives. The LEARNING TOOLS domain identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and encourages educators to answer the question: How do you and your students capitalize on a variety of learning tools to maximize student learning?