STARTALK Summer 2016 – Advancing TELL Online with Comprehensible Input

About this Course

Expanding upon last year’s successful program, CLASSRoad’s 2016 fully online STARTALK Teacher Program will provide an opportunity for intermediate and master Arabic, Chinese and Persian language teachers to focus on the TELL Learning Tools LT1 (a-c) criteria, building their ability to identify, design and deliver online lessons that use comprehensible input strategies to stay in the target language for 90% of instructional time and to utilize suitable digital tools and media to  implement planning steps and activities.

The program will include asynchronous and synchronous interaction among instructors and participants, featuring video presentations by experts, formative assessments, discussions, observations of recorded online language teaching examples, peer learning and feedback, peer microteaching practice, online microteaching of remote language students, and self-assessment and personal growth plan development. The four-week program (80 contact hours) will feature three weeks of module-based daily instruction and group work, including several days of peer microteaching and preparation, followed by a fourth week that involves microteaching of remote target language students, along with peer observation, personal reflection and professional planning. The program will be delivered using the online learning management system Moodlerooms and the web-conference platform Adobe Connect, which allows for adaptive design, improved mobile accessibility, the giving of timely feedback, and the course to be structured in an innovative and highly interactive manner.

Course Key Web Conference Dates

June 12: Welcome Web Conference/Orientation (10:00am PT)
June 16: Comprehensible Input Using Digital Media, with Laura Terrill (5:30pm PT)
June 23: Growth Mindset with Professor Andrea Guillaume (5:30pm PT)
June 29: Microteaching Prep Feedback, with Laura Terrill (4:00pm PT)
July 11, 12 & 13: Microteaching Experience (1:00 – 3:00pm PT)
July 14: Reflection and Professional Planning, with Professor Andrea Guillaume (5:30pmPT)

How To Apply

Please note: This course is funded with a STARTALK federal grant and is only open to teachers in the USA. Enrollment in this STARTALK program is highly competitive. Sixty (60) applicants will be accepted into the program. Before applying, please ensure you can meet the requirements outlined in the Requirements section, below.

If you can meet the requirements, we welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you!

  1. Enter our CLASSRoad Moodlerooms learning management system (LMS).
  2. If you are new to our programs, Register on CLASSRoad Moodlerooms.
    If you have taken a CLASSRoad course in the past, Log Into Moodlerooms with your previous account information.
  3. Click on the STARTALK 2016 Application course under Available Courses.
  4. When prompted, Self-Enroll in the STARTALK 2016 Application course using the enrollment key:   STARTALK2016
  5. You will be guided through 3 steps to apply: (1) Technology Assessment, (2) Technology Task, and (3) Course Readiness Agreement. These are designed to help us understand teacher readiness for our program, and to ensure everyone understands the time commitment and required availability to work with others in the course.

This completes the application process! Thank you for applying to our program! Applicants will be notified of their selection by June 1, 2016.

What you will learn
Course Contact(s)

Letha Goger, [email protected]

Course Tech Support

Maria Costea, [email protected]

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Course Availability

Course Instructors
Barbara Lindsey
Instructional Co-Lead
Bobby E. Hobgood, Ed.D.
Instructional Co-Lead
Andrea Guillaume, Ph.D.
Instructional Associate
Laura Terrill
Special Guest Lecturer

World Languages and Cultures, Professional Learning, Online Instruction

Teachers in USA

Intermediate, Advanced

Language of Instruction

Target Language(s)
Arabic, Chinese, Persian

Course Credit

Course Cost

Course ID
ST S2016

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