STARTALK Summer 2018 – STARTALK: Planning for Engaged Language Learning

About this Course

This course is full and applications are no longer being accepted.
We hope you will apply to join us next year!

June 18th – July 17th

STARTALK: Planning for Engaged
Language Learning

We are excited to welcome Nicole Naditz, 2015 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year, as this year’s lead instructor. She will be joined by special guest instructors, Dr. Jennifer Eddy and Christine Lanphere.


CLASSRoad’s 2018 fully-online STARTALK program will provide opportunity for thirty-five (35) intermediate and master Arabic, Chinese and Persian language teachers to focus on building their ability to: 1) use the backward design process to plan for meaningful student engagement, 2) create daily performance objectives that capture student energy and commitment and that move them toward proficiency targets, and 3) provide comprehensible input while using the target language 90% of the time.

This is not a self-paced course. Rather, this program is fast-paced and includes asynchronous and synchronous interaction among instructors and participants, feature video presentations

by experts, formative assessments, discussions, observations of recorded online language teaching examples–including video from previous year teacher participants–peer learning and feedback, peer microteaching practice, online co-teaching of remote language students, and self-assessment and personal growth plan development. You must be available for the live online conference sessions and for working in a timely manner with your peer teaching groups.


The application window for this course is now closed. Please check our website for an announcement on next year’s program.

Course applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow our social media for notifications. Plan to apply early!

The four-week program (80 contact hours) will feature three weeks of module-based daily instruction and group work, including online synchronous presentations by guest experts, several days of peer microteaching and preparation, followed by a fourth week that involves co-teaching to remote novice target language students, along with peer observation, personal reflection and professional planning. The program will be fully delivered online using the CLASSRoad Canvas learning management system 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.

Required Attendance – Live Web Conference Dates

June 16, 2018: Welcome Web Conference/Orientation (9:00am PT)
June 19, 2018: Synchronous Online Session (5:30pm PT)
June 27, 2018: Synchronous Online Session (5:30pm PT)
July 11 & 12, 2018: Online Team Taught Lessons (various times)
July 17, 2018: Reflection and Professional Planning,  (5:30pmPT)

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Course Contact(s)

Letha Goger, [email protected]

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Course Instructors
Nicole Naditz
Lead Instructor
Jennifer Eddy
Guest Instructor
Christine Lanphere
Guest Instructor


Teachers, Teachers in USA


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Target Language(s)

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Course Cost

Course ID
ST S2018

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