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

What you will learn and be able to at the end of the course:

  • Apply comprehensible input strategies for synchronous, online environments using authentic, age-appropriate, culturally-rich digital media.
  • Use the 21st Century World Languages Skills Map and World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages as guides when selecting and using digital media.
  • Create a standards-based, thematically focused lesson using the Startalk Lesson Planning Guide and Student Lesson Plan Template.
  • Provide students in online synchronous environments practice in using comprehensible input strategies through the use of authentic, culturally-rich digital media.
  • Design age-appropriate learning targets using the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.
  • Use an online tool to record and reflect on their learning experiences and peer feedback
  • Develop a professional growth plan using the TELL Professional Growth Plan (Simple).
  • Provide peers with evidence-based, supportive feedback on peer microteaching and co-teaching experiences as well as on a peer’s professional growth plan.
  • Implement real-world student-to-student interactions in synchronous, online environments.


This fully online course is designed for intermediate and master teachers of Arabic, Chinese or Persian, and is interactive and collaborative in design. A moderate degree of technological proficiency is required in order to be successful. Additionally, participants must be able to meet all of the following conditions:

  • I will not be traveling outside of the U.S. during the course and I will be able to participate on a regular basis with course colleagues.
  • I will be teaching an Arabic, Chinese or Persian course in an online or blended environment, or I will be developing such a course or program during the 2016/2017 academic year.
  • I understand this program requires a dedicated focus during the dates of the workshop and I will only enroll in this STARTALK program offered by CLASSRoad during the term of this course, June 13 – July 15, 2016.
  • I will have daily access to reliable high-speed Internet and will use my own laptop or desktop computer for the duration of the program. I understand that tablet devices will not work with some of the online tools that will be used in the program and that work cannot be satisfactorily completed on an iPad, Kindle, mobile phone, or other tablet device.
  • I will have a working webcam, headset, or speakers and a microphone available to use for course live web conferences and the microteaching experiences.
  • I will participate fully and in a timely manner in all individual, team and group assignments.
  • I will demonstrate professional behavior by listening carefully to what others have to say, and by respecting other’s ideas and opinions.
  • I will allow CLASSRoad to record and present content I create (audio, video, print) and authorize CLASSRoad to use this content for reporting, marketing and evaluation purposes.

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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