Designed for any teacher as well as instructional leads in STARTALK programs, this online course will help participants use resources identified by the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Project to increase their effectiveness. Participants will be able to complete up to 100 hours of professional learning through four online modules. Module 1 will provide an in-depth look at choosing learning targets not only focused on language and cultural competencies, but also how to develop “LEARNING TARGETS” that allow learners to connect and compare to other content areas, and demonstrate their learning in their community. Module 2 will provide the opportunity to see how carefully identified learning targets ease a teachers implementation of strategies for “USING THE TARGET LANGUAGE” and providing comprehensible input. Module 3 will ask participants to develop an understanding of the role of assessment in meeting the National Standards through the development of their own “PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS.” An optional Module 4 will ask participants to reflect on their own effectiveness and develop a growth plan based on the “TELL PROJECT”. Each module, designed to be completed in 1-2 weeks includes videos, readings, threaded discussions, coaching sessions with practicing teachers, and online chats with expert consultants. Within each module, participants will have a choice of assessment tasks to demonstrate their learning.
NEW START DATE: August 10, 2015
Developing Learning Targets
Effective language learning experiences are facilitated by the use of learning targets to motivate students and engage with them as partners in the learning process. Several of the domains the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework identify and support the clear need for meaningful learning targets and outlines the many aspects teachers must consider while Developing Learning Targets.
NEW START DATE: August 17, 2015
Checking for Understanding
Effective language learning experiences are facilitated by the use of strategies that allow teachers to check for understanding which creates a picture of learning so that teachers can be sure of what students have learned and make any changes needed to increase their understanding. The Learning Experience domain of the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and supports the need for Checking for Understanding.
NEW START DATE: August 24, 2015
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 of the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework identifies the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a model world language teacher and supports the need for Conducting Performance Assessments.
Please complete the online application below to be considered for participation in the program. Be sure to include your module preferences.