Welcome to STARTALK!

Welcome to the STARTALK website, home to information on teaching and learning Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. The purpose of this site is to share information on implementing programs as well as to share resources on curriculum design, instructional materials, assessment tools, and useful links. STARTALK is a national program that provides critical language education for students K-16, professional development for critical language teachers, and resources for the world language teaching and learning field. STARTALK programs and resources are guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning.

STARTALK Important Announcements

STARTALK Model Student Curricula Now Available

STARTALK Central has created ten model curricula to provide support for student programs in the curriculum development process. The models were created around two general themes—travel and identity—and provide sample templates which demonstrate how these themes might be implemented with different age groups and proficiency levels. The model curricula are available at https://startalk.umd.edu/model-curricula.

New STELLA Modules Now Available

The STARTALK document STELLA (STARTALK Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Alignment) supports each of the TELL domains: Collaboration, Environment, Learning Tools, Performance and Feedback, Planning, Professionalism, and The Learning Experience. Each STELLA module suggests learning experiences and resources that may prove helpful when selecting tasks for teacher development in both teacher and student programs. The STELLA modules are available at https://startalk.umd.edu/STELLA/.

2014 Summer Programs List Available Now

The list of 2014 STARTALK summer programs is now available here: https://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?sort=name&year=2014

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