STARTALK Summer 2020 – STARTALK: Planning Authentic & Engaging eTeaching

About this Course

The application window for the 2020 course is now open!
Join us again as we focus on new TELL domains.
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2020 CLASSRoad STARTALK summer program application
We hope you will apply to join us this year!

Course applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis given their qualifications.

CLASSRoad’s 2020 fully-online STARTALK program will provide opportunity for thirty-five (35) intermediate and master Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu 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. 

Featuring Dr. Pei-ni Causarano and Dr. Muhammad Eissa as our co-instructors!

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 5.5 week program (80 contact hours) will feature five and a half 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. All successful course participants are eligible to receive Inservice Credit Units from California State University, San Bernardino.

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2020 CLASSRoad STARTALK summer program application

Application deadline: May 17, 2020

Course Contact(s)

Dr. Mahbuba Hammad
[email protected]

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Course Availability

Course Start Date
June 5, 2020

Course End Date
July 13, 2020

Course Instructors

Professional Learning


Intermediate, Advanced

Language of Instruction

Target Language(s)
Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Hindi

Course Credit

Course Cost

Course ID
ST S2020

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