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

Scheduled STARTALK Site Maintenance

STARTALK website will be shut down for scheduled maintenance on Monday, November 25, 2013 and will be operational again on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by close of business eastern standard time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

STARTALK Fall 2013 Conference Presentations Posted

2013 Fall Conference Presentations are now available here.

STARTALK Is No Longer Accepting Proposals for 2014 Summer Programs

The 2014 STARTALK online proposal submission system is now closed. The STARTALK online proposal submission system will reopen for the 2015 proposal process in the fall of 2014. Please check our website at that time to view information about proposals and the deadline for submitting a proposal. If you would like to be notified of the next request for proposals, send an email to startalk@nflc.umd.edu to join the mailing list.

STARTALK Website Survey

We would like your feedback on STARTALK Central's Public website. It is our goal for our website to be as user friendly and informative as possible. Please take a few moments to complete this online survey. Click here to take survey

Arabic-Teacher Training and Professional Development: A VIEW FROM STARTALK

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Article by Mouna Mana, National Foreign Language Center, was originally published in 2011-2012 edition of Al-'Arabiyya, the annual journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.

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Developing and Assessing Learners' Competency in Interpersonal Communication

This online professional development workshop was created for STARTALK by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this workshop, you will find a seven-part self-study course on developing your students' competence in interpersonal communication.

https://startalk.umd.edu/teacher-development/assessment/ACTFL2013/#welcome

Bring the World into your Home: Host an International Exchange Student

Did you know the U.S. Department of State sponsors nearly 2,000 exchange students from over 50 countries to study in the U.S. each year? We invite you to make a difference by hosting one of these amazing high school exchange student this fall. Learn more at hosting.state.gov .

STARTALK Spring 2013 Conference Presentations Posted

Available 2013 Spring Conference Presentations are now available here.

STARTALK Sample Materials

Sample Materials developed by STARTALK Programs are now available in one location: Click here to search for STARTALK Sample Materials.

2013 Resources for Curriculum Development Now Available

Revised Student and Teacher curriculum templates and accompanying guides are now available on the STARTALK website: https://startalk.umd.edu/curriculum-guide/

Introducing the STARTALK Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Alignment (STELLA)

To provide further support to STARTALK programs, STARTALK Central collaborated with the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project to develop modules that give priority to the domains of Environment, Planning, The Learning Experience, and Performance and Feedback.

https://startalk.umd.edu/STELLA

The list of 2013 STARTALK summer programs is now available.

Click here to view the list:
https://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?sort=name&year=2013

STARTALK: A Platform to Connect Hindi Teachers

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An article by STARTALK Central's Betsy Hart published on the e-publication Desi Talk.

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A High School Intensive Summer Mandarin Course: Program Model and Learner Outcomes

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Xu, X., Padilla, A. M., Silva, D. and Masuda, N. (2012), A High School Intensive Summer Mandarin Course: Program Model and Learner Outcomes. Foreign Language Annals, 45: 622-638. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2013.12005.x

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Making Meaning in the Immersion Classroom

Developed by Global Village Academy, "Making Meaning in the Immersion Classroom" is a 5 part video series developed to help immersion teachers understand the concept of comprehensible input and to enable teachers to make input comprehensible to students. Although developed with the immersion classroom in mind, teachers in other types of language programs will find the concepts and strategies applicable to their settings as well. Please click on the link below to view the series:

Making Meaning in the Immersion Classroom

Video report of Howard Community College's STARTALK program

Fox 5 News' July 16, 2012 video report of Howard Community College's STARTALK program

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Bridging Instructional Gaps in Preparing to Teach Millennial Language Learners

Article by Marjorie Hall Haley and Reema A. Alsweel of George Mason University.

Download the PDF of the article at the journal of Theory and Practice in Language Studies.

New York Times Article on Bilingualism

"Why Bilinguals Are Smarter", link to New York Times article, March 23, 2012: the benefits of bilingualism.

2012 STARTALK Summer Programs

The list of STARTALK 2012 Programs is now available. Use this list to browse all STARTALK 2012 programs. You may also filter the list by state and language, and sort by organization name or start date.

STARTALK: Resources for Chinese Language Learners and Teachers

Guiling-Hu Shuhan-Wang Article by STARTALK Central's Guiling (Gloria) Hu, PhD and Shuhan C. Wang, PhD • View on Mandarin Institute's website

STARTALK on Higher Education Today

Higher-Education-Today An interview with a former STARTALK student and NFLC Deputy Director Shuhan Wang on Higher Education Today. • View on VimeoView on YouTube

STARTALK 2012 Proposal Notifications in February

STARTALK anticipates it will notify 2012 program applicants of their status by the end of February, 2012.

List of STARTALK 2012 Programs in March

A list of all 2012 STARTALK Programs will be available at http://startalk.umd.edu by March 16, 2012. Please visit our website at that time to see a full list of programs. If you would like to view the list of 2011 programs, visit http://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?sort=name&year=2011.

STARTALK 2012 June 1st Start Date

Based on the number of questions about the June 1st start date for programs, we discussed this issue and your concerns with the NSA staff. Face-to-face segments of the program cannot begin before June 1st, but on-line sessions, curriculum and lesson planning, and instructor training workshops can occur prior to the June 1 date, provided that the countersigned award from NSA is in place.

STARTALK 2011 Spring Meeting Presentations

The presentations from the STARTALK Albuquerque Pre-program conference have been posted in the Outreach section of the STARTALK website. Please click here to view the agenda and presentations.

Beyond STARTALK

Beyond-Startalk Many opportunities exist where you can continue learning and develop strong language and culture skills. Several provide financial support. For a list, visit: www.nflc.org/beyond-startalk

STARTALK 2011 Summer Programs

The searchable STARTALK 2011 Program Listings are now available. Use this list to view all STARTALK 2011 programs. You may also filter the list by state and language, and sort by organization name or start date.

STARTALK Research and Publications Section

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The Teachers We Need
Transforming World Language Education in the United States

Ingold, C. W., & Wang, S. C. (2010). College Park, MD: National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

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This white paper serves as a roadmap for government agencies and educators in their efforts to transform world language education and the teacher supply system. It draws on data from a range of resources, including leading professionals and organizations in world languages and certification, the federally-funded STARTALK project, a national survey of states, and international comparison data on top industrialized countries and emerging powers. Based on these data, this paper demonstrates not only the changing need for linguistic and cultural competency for the global age, but also the world language education gap that has developed in the United States over the past few decades. In order to develop globally competitive language education, the United States must adopt a new agenda that is inclusive, nationally-advocated, state-implemented, and results-oriented.

The Teachers We Need
Resource Guide to Developing Linguistic and Cultural Competency in the United States

This Resource Guide to Developing Linguistic and Cultural Competency in the United States is a companion to the White Paper, The Teachers We Need: Transforming World Language Education in the United States. The guide includes a variety of resources to support American educators in implementing effective World Language education and transforming the World Language teacher supply system to meet 21st century needs. Among the resources that the guide brings together are summaries of research studies demonstrating the benefits of world language study, survey results, examples of best practices, and established standards and assessment tools specific to the field of world language education. Also included are tools for advocacy and information regarding examples of support for language students, teachers, and program heads.

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STARTALK Presentations from ACTFL 2010 Now Available

The STARTALK presentations from the ACTFL 2010 Conference are now available at http://startalk.umd.edu/2010/presentations/ACTFL.

2010 Sample Planning and Classroom Materials

Sample materials collected from 2010 STARTALK Student and Teacher programs are now available online. These materials include both non-language specific and target language materials. The sample materials include:

Additionally, STARTALK has compiled lists of language specific materials including language specific and pedagogical articles, text and reference books, cultural and language-learning websites, authentic materials and media, professional organizations, and community and heritage organizations. These resource lists are available as PDFs for viewing and downloading at http://startalk.umd.edu/language-materials/.

STARTALK Resource Lists of Language Specific Materials

STARTALK has compiled lists of language specific materials including language specific and pedagogical articles, text and reference books, cultural and language-learning websites, authentic materials and media, professional organizations, and community and heritage organizations.

These resource lists are available as PDFs for viewing and downloading at http://startalk.umd.edu/language-materials/.

The STARTALK 2010 Fall Conference for Awardees

On October 15 and 16, 2010 the STARTALK 2010 Fall Conference for STARTALK Awardees will occur in Atlanta, Georgia. Please contact startalk@nflc.org for more details.

The STARTALK Multimedia Teacher Workshop Collection is Now Available

The National Foreign Language Center is pleased to announce the launch of the STARTALK Multimedia Teacher Workshop Collection. This collection of twelve on-line, multimedia workshops was developed by staff of STARTALK-funded teacher preparation programs to enable teachers to improve their skills in critical areas. The workshops were adapted from programs offered in the summer of 2009 to teachers of the world languages included in STARTALK, but most of them are useful for any language teacher, teacher educator, or teacher supervisor. The workshops cover a wide range of skills, knowledge, and techniques that all world language teachers need. To help users identify workshops that are most relevant to their professional development needs, the collection also has a catalog listing each workshop according to the key STARTALK themes addressed and includes a user guide for each workshop. Anyone may use these workshops (or segments of them which can stand alone) and they may be incorporated into any teacher education or professional development program. When you use these materials in a course or a presentation or cite them in a document, we ask that you attribute them properly to the institution or organization that developed them, and to the STARTALK project.

The STARTALK Classroom Video Collection is Now Available

The National Foreign Language Center is pleased to announce the launch of the STARTALK Classroom Video Collection. This video collection was compiled to provide real-life examples of teachers working to incorporate STARTALK-endorsed effective practices in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu classroom settings. In these videos, you will find teachers interacting and engaging with students and encouraging them to engage one another. You will see the teachers utilize role playing to make students the center of the learning experience; make use of songs, videos, and other authentic materials in the target language; and, through the use of culturally rich activities such as meals, fully integrate the target language and culture into the classroom.

2009 Sample Planning and Classroom Materials

Sample materials collected from 2009 STARTALK Student and Teacher programs are now available online. These materials include both non-language specific and target language materials in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu.

The sample materials include:

View the 2009 sample materials

NECTFL 2010 Workshop Presentations Available

STARTALK recently presented at the 2010 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These presentations are now available online:

STARTALK Recruitment of Site Visitors

STARTALK is currently recruiting site visitors to visit the 2010 STARTALK Summer Programs.

Duties

Qualifications

Compensation

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Scott Nichols at snichols@nflc.org.

STARTALK Sessions at ACTFL 2009

STARTALK will be giving three presentations at the ACTFL 2009 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo:

See this list for more details about these presentations.

STARTALK 2010 Online Proposals Have Closed

The application period for STARTALK 2010 proposals has ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal!

STARTALK 2010 Online Proposals Now Available

October 8, 2009

The National Foreign Language Center solicits proposals from eligible schools, post-secondary institutions, or community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project. STARTALK is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical need languages. The goal of the STARTALK program is to increase the number and expertise of students and teachers in critical languages. To begin the proposal process, go to http://startalk.umd.edu/proposals.

The 2010 proposal submission process will run from October 8November 5, 2009.

For more information, please see the Invitation to Apply, the 2010 Program Eligibility Document, and the Online Proposals FAQ.

STARTALK 2009 Network For Program Excellence Meeting in Chicago

The 2009 Post-Program Network for Program Excellence meeting will be held on October 16, 17, and 18 at the Chicago Marriott on downtown Michigan Avenue. This is the wrap-up and debrief meeting for project directors and faculty from STARTALK 2009 programs as well as consultants whom we engaged to serve as resources to the programs and site visitors. See http://startalk.umd.edu/2009/meetings/NFPE/ for more details.

National Security Language Institute for Youth
2010 Subgrantee Competition

American Councils and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announce the 2010 competition for subgrantee awards for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth. NSLI for Youth is an excellent springboard for other NSLI programs and has features which would enhance STARTALK and similar programs. Proposals are invited for summer overseas language programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish languages for summer 2010. Please visit www.americancouncils.org for more information.

Upcoming: STARTALK 2010 Online Proposals

September 28, 2009

The STARTALK online application for the 2010 cycle will launch and be available early October 2009 at http://startalk.umd.edu/proposals. The completed proposals will be due approximately 28 days later. The online application consists of four forms: the Program Form(s), the Narrative Form(s), Budget Form and Insurance Form. The site also contains a Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have questions about the proposal application process itself, please contact STARTALK at startalk@nflc.org.

STARTALK Faculty Research Assistant Positions

NFLC/STARTALK is currently looking for two full-time Faculty Research Assistants in Arabic and Chinese, and five part-time Faculty Research Assistants in Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. FRAs will provide expertise to the STARTALK Project and collaborate with the planning, design, and implementation of STARTALK activities. To find out more about the positions and qualifications, please see the following:

STARTALK 2009 Pre- and Post-program Surveys Now Online

The Pre- and Post-program surveys for STARTALK 2009 summer program participants are now available at http://startalk.umd.edu/survey. Returning summer program participants who took the survey in 2008 may log in using the accounts they created last year. If you cannot remember your login information from 2008, you may reset your password or create a new account. New participants should create an account. The pre-program surveys can be filled out from 2 weeks before a program starts until the second day of the program, and the post-program surveys from the third-to-last day of the program until 2 weeks after the program ends.

Online Curriculum Development Guide Available

To ensure standards-based, thematically designed curriculum for the 2009 programs, NFLC/STARTALK has developed and released a step-by-step Online Curriculum Development Guide. Although designed specifically for STARTALK programs, this guide will be useful to all language program directors and instructors. Additionally, those involved with teacher preparation programs may find elements of the guide useful as they work with teacher trainees on elements of effective teaching. The guide can be downloaded at http://startalk.umd.edu/curriculum-guide.

STARTALK 2009 Summer Program Lists Available

The lists of summer programs for 2009 are now available as PDF downloads from http://startalk.umd.edu/2009/programs.

Providing Support to 2009 STARTALK Programs
Team Leader & Site Visitor Meeting

May 7–9, 2009
Washington, DC

The 2009 Team Leader & Site Visitor meeting will cover the STARTALK Central Vision for Summer 2009, identify ways to best to support 2009 Programs and identify means to share information among programs and with other team leaders.

STARTALK 2009 Electronic Application Closed

February 2, 2009

The list of 2009 programs will be announced as soon as they are selected. At that time, program description and contact information will also be provided on our website. Please check back regularly for updates.

Thank you for your interest and patience!

STARTALK 2009 Electronic Application Forms Now Available Online

January 6, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the STARTALK online application for the 2009 cycle is now available at http://startalk.umd.edu/proposals. Completed proposals will be due on February 2, 2009. The online application consists of three major sections: the Organization Form, the Program Form(s), and the Budget Form.

The site also contains a Frequently Asked Questions page. if you have questions about using the application website, please contact STARTALK Support at startalk-support@nflc.org. If you have questions about the proposal application process itself, please contact STARTALK at startalk@nflc.org.

Please note:

  1. Awards are expected to be in the range of $50,000 to $120,000 based on the number of participants and the type of program offered;
  2. Although STARTALK is primarily a summer program, programs are strongly encouraged to provide for follow-up instruction or activities that retain or further participant’s learning;
  3. There will be a pre-summer program network meeting and a post-summer summative meeting, both in Chicago, and your budget should include the costs for at least two persons from your program to attend these meetings
  4. In order to submit a proposal, an organization will be required to document proof of liability insurance. Please be prepared to provide a PDF of your organization’s insurance certificates.
  5. An organization will be required to provide DUNS and CCR numbers when submitting its proposal; if you do not already have these numbers, please visit these sites in order to apply: http://www.ccr.gov and/or http://www.grants.gov/applicants/request_duns_number.jsp.

Handouts from ACTFL Presentations Available

Handouts from STARTALK's presentations at the ACTFL 2008 Annual Convention are now available for download.

STARTALK Presentations at ACTFL 2008

STARTALK will be giving two presentations at the ACTFL 2008 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo.

STARTALK: Striving for Excellence in Teaching and Learning World Languages

Saturday, November 22
6:15–7:30 pm
Catherine Ingold & Myriam Met
Dolphin Hotel, Asia 3 meeting space

Best practices from a variety of STARTALK programs for both students and teachers: residential and day immersion programs, sports camps, practicum experiences, and a variety of online programs will be highlighted. Outcomes and lessons learned from STARTALK Summer 2007 and 2008 programs will be shared with participants.

Applying for a STARTALK Grant: Designing a Winning Program

Sunday, November 23
9:00am–12:00pm
Betsy Hart & Shuhan Wang
Swan Hotel, Swan 8 meeting space

STARTALK provides funding for summer programs in critical languages. Programs may serve K-12 students and/or current and prospective teachers of levels K-16. This workshop will provide guidance for those interested in applying for a STARTALK grant. selection criteria will be reviewed and data on reviewer's findings will be shared. participants will also be introduced to the STARTALK curriculum templates which are used to design curriculum.

CAIS Institute 2009 Chinese Education Conference

March 13–15, 2009
San Francisco, California
www.caisinstitute.org

The Chinese Education Conference (CEC) is the largest K-16 national conference dedicated to promoting Chinese education in the United States. CEC provides:

Annually, the CEC brings together a national audience of over 500 teachers, administrators, and community leaders to learn and share the latest information in program development, teaching methodologies, technology, and much more. Attendees will broaden their vision of Chinese education and realize opportunities to develop effective programs.