STARTALK 2013: Designing Blended Language Instruction for Anywhere/Anytime Learners
An Online Professional Development Training Program for LCTL Instructors
Thank you to all enrolled participants for your enthusiastic and prompt response. Enrollment for this summer STARTALK session is closed. We hope to offer this training in future sessions, beginning in the fall.
Are you interested in:
* Furthering your technology literacy skills for teaching world languages?
* Designing instruction content in order to teach online and in blended contexts?
* Delivering and assessing ACTFL standards-based learning using digital tools and strategies?
* Imparting a range of 21st century skills to your
"digitally native" students?
* Enrolling in a nationally recognized program?
If your answer is YES!, then this workshop is for you! Our program, delivered in English but featuring various target language examples, is designed by experts in blended/distance language learning. Topics to be covered include: online learning environments, learning management, digital citizenship, student orientation, backward design for blended contexts, student-centered instruction, assessment, trouble-shooting, and teacher effectiveness evaluation. Instruction will closely reference ACFTL standards, communicative skills, language assessment, and integration of culture and content. Individual and collaborative work will offer opportunities to utilize tools like Google Moderate, Google Hangouts, Edmodo, and Rich Internet Applications, among others, to deliver blended instruction in target languages.
This STARTALK Teacher Program, offered free-of-charge, is fully online.
There is no face-to-face meeting or residential component requiring travel. You can participate from the comfort of your home or office, provided you set aside the required time, have the necessary computer hardware and accessories, and have the minimum degree of computing skills.
|Our 2012 STARTALK program was
focused on technology integration in traditional face-to-face
(F2F) classroom contexts. This year, our 2013 program concentrates
on cultivating best practices in blended/distance learning and
21st century skills in internet-mediated language instruction.
The program is comprised of two components. The first part, open to all LCTL instructors, is a
new two-week asynchronous workshop featuring instructional video clips, discussion forums, quizzes, and assignments to be completed within a timely manner according to your personal availability. The second part is open to a limited number of top-performers from the first part who are Arabic, Persian and Chinese instructors, and involves professional goal-setting and three days of preparation for micro-teaching, and three days of micro-teaching and peer feedback. Micro-teaching will be in the form of delivering a lesson to students at California State University, San Bernardino using the distance learning tools covered and
modeled in the program.
Lead Instructors are:
Lauren Rosen - Director
of the University of Wisconsin System Collaborative Language Program
Jeremy Wildenberg -
Education Technology and Blended Learning specialist; Arabic &
Barbara Lindsey - Past
President, Connecticut Council of Language Teachers; Education
(self-paced learning & collaboration)
|Instructional videos, readings, quizzes, assignments related to best practices in blended/distance learning, emphasizing ACTFL standards and 21st century skills
|July 1-3* &
(live meetings & collaboration)
|Collaborative lesson planning with online tools; delivery of online micro-teaching to remote students
||10 Arabic Teachers
5 Persian Teachers
5 Chinese Teachers
* Dates are subject to change
In order to
participate in our 2013 program focused on blended/distance
you should be comfortable with the following:
- * signing up for user accounts at online services
- * downloading and installing software or browser plug-ins on your computer
- * using Google Drive (Google Docs) for creating various document types
- * modifying images in basic ways (cropping, resizing, saving, uploading)
- * copying and pasting URL links from digital projects into blogs or websites
- * using social media platforms in basic ways (Twitter,
- * using a webcam and built-in or attached microphone
For a refresher on these skills
and training on how to integrate technology in face-to-face (F2F)
consider enrolling in our online
Languages with Technology (April
a nationally recognized program of the National Foreign Language
Center at the University of Maryland.
If you have not previously participated in a STARTALK program
need to Register/Sign-up
for a CLASSRoad user ID.
Then, email your Résumé (in PDF)
in order to be eligible for enrollment. After receipt of your Résumé,
you will be emailed the enrollment code for this program, at which point
you will be able to login above and complete your enrollment. Note:
If you already have a CLASSRoad ID because you took one of our online
courses, you do not need to create a new user ID, but you do need to
email us your Résumé.