Welcome to STARTALK!

Welcome to the STARTALK website, home to information on teaching and learning Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, 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


Keep Talking: Building Careers in International Affairs

STARTALK world language programs allow students to start talking in another language, but how will they keep talking after the summer ends? In partnership with several Global Access Pipeline members, STARTALK has produced a video that offers advice from professionals working in international affairs. Click the link below to view and share our video to inspire students and young professionals to build careers using the power of language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOm9uDaoSRc

New Video Resources Now Available

STARTALK is happy to announce new video resources are now available on Learner-Centered Classrooms and Integrating Culture, Content, and Language in the classroom. Also available are At-A-Glance documents for these two principles, providing useful explanations of the principles in a high quality handout format. In 2014, STARTALK visited the Huayuan Chinese Academy STARTALK program in Maryland and filmed teachers implementing the STARTALK-endorsed principles Facilitating a Learner-Centered Classroom and Integrating Culture, Content, and Languages, and used this footage to create these two new video resources. These videos were unveiled at the STARTALK Spring Conference, and they now are available online by visiting the STARTALK Principles page. Direct links to the videos are also available here:
Learner-Centered Classroom: https://startalk.umd.edu/principles/lcc.xhtml
Integrating Culture, Content, and Language: https://startalk.umd.edu/principles/ccl.xhtml

List of Summer 2015 STARTALK Programs Now Available

A filterable list of dates, locations, descriptions, and contact information for 2015 STARTALK programs is now available! Please visit our list of summer programs to browse the list.

New Resource for Hindi and Urdu Teachers Now Available

A collection of ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews in Hindi and Urdu has been added to our Teacher Development resources. Please visit ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews in Hindi and Urdu on our resources page to access these new materials.

2014 Sample Curricula from Programs Now Available

Student and Teacher Sample Curricula developed by STARTALK programs in 2014 are now available. Please visit Sample Materials from Programs to search for sample curricula.

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