Teachers Mentoring Teachers
Professional Learning Modules for STARTALK Teachers
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 three online modules. 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.
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.
Checking For Understanding
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.”