Curriculum Resources for Student Programs

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STARTALK provides student programs with a curriculum template, knowing that a common template design will facilitate the sharing of units, instructional strategies, and quality materials. The common template captures best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. All programs have the option of designing their own curriculum, or they may opt to use or modify one of the STARTALK model curricula for student programs.

Curriculum Development

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The STARTALK curriculum template for student programs supports programs in using backward design and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements to develop quality curricula for their programs. The development guide, review questions, and a list of language functions support student programs throughout each stage of the curriculum development process. Editable Google document templates to sequence lesson can-do statements and plan checks for learning will prepare instructors to implement the curriculum when developing learning plans.

Development Guide   Review Questions  Language Functions

Sequencing Lesson Can-Do Statements   Planning Checks for Learning



Model Curricula: Student Programs

The STARTALK model curricula capture best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in a backward design process. STARTALK model curricula are intended to be representative samples, with the understanding that teachers will adapt the sample experiences to meet the various linguistic and cultural requirements of their individual classrooms. New STARTALK student programs are required to use or modify one of the STARTALK model curricula. STARTALK teacher programs may want to us the STARTALK model curricula as a resource in their program.

Each model curriculum is offered as a downloadable PDF file and an editable Google Doc.

Model Curricula PDF: Download this PDF to view online or keep on your local machine.

Model Curriculum Google Doc: This link will allow you to make a copy in your own Google Drive so that you may modify the curriculum for your needs.

Novice Mid/Novice High
Theme: Animals Friends


Download PDF   Google Doc

Theme: Let's Go Somewhere


Download PDF   Google Doc

Theme: Our Identities - Here and There


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Theme: Our Ecological Footprint


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Intermediate Mid/Intermediate High
Theme: Let's Go Somewhere


Download PDF   Google Doc


Curriculum Development Training

The following three video presentations provide an overview of the STARTALK curriculum template for student programs by guiding you through each of the three stages of the template, while also explaining foundational documents and key concepts that you will need to know when developing your curriculum.

Stage 1: Developing Program Can-Do Statements

This video provides an introduction to backward design, the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and explains the process for developing program Can-Do Statements.


After viewing the video, check your understanding by completing the accompanying quiz.

Stage 2: Developing Performance Assessment Tasks

This video provides an introduction to performance-based assessments, reviews elements of the interpersonal and presentational modes of communication, and explains the process for developing performance assessment tasks aligned to program Can-Do Statements.


After viewing the video, check your understanding by completing the accompanying quiz.

Stage 3: Developing Lesson Can-Do Statements

This video explains the process of unpacking program Can-Do Statements in order to develop lesson Can-Do Statements and reviews the elements of the interpretive mode of communication.


After viewing the video, check your understanding by completing the accompanying quiz.


Sample Curricula: STARTALK Summer Programs

STARTALK has collected program curricula utilized by previous STARTALK programs to serve as samples and provide support and inspiration to student and teacher programs in their curriculum development process. These samples were provided to STARTALK by programs serving a variety of age groups and proficiency levels, and were recommended for sharing by STARTALK team leaders. These curricula are intended as examples only. They have been collected over the course of several years and may not utilize current STARTALK curricula formats or models.


Sample Curricula: Academic Year Programs

Developed by Hunter College, these curriculum resources support the development of a proficiency-focused and performance-based Chinese language curriculum for the academic year. The curriculum guide provides step-by-step guidelines for Chinese teachers, especially for teachers of heritage Chinese weekend schools, to adopt STARTALK curricula and the STARTALK Principles into their own curricula and ease transition when students enter college level Chinese courses. The guide also discusses potential solutions to the challenges faced by K-12 programs and heritage Chinese weekend schools. The curriculum framework offers samples of proficiency-focused, theme-based, and age-appropriate learning materials, with the understanding that teachers will adapt the materials to meet the various linguistic and cultural requirements of their individual classrooms.

Curriculum Framework Guide  Curriculum Framework (English)  Curriculum Framework (Chinese)

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