STARTALK 2009 - Persian Programs in CA

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UCLA Center for World Languages (student)

Persian for Persians

Los Angeles, CA • Persian • June 22, 2009 July 31, 2009

This intensive six week course is for high school students who speak Persian at home and want to develop literacy and a deeper understanding of historical and contemporary Persian culture. The project-based curriculum will allow students to build academic proficiency in Persian, using culturally relevant themes as a vehicle for listening, writing, speaking, and reading tasks. Students will have access to individualized instruction and feedback. The course is the equivalent of one year of high school world language instruction. This class meets a need in language instruction for one of Los Angeles ’s largest language groups. The largest number of Iranians outside of Iran — an estimated 330,000 — have made their home in Southern California . This population remains committed to preserving its language and culture. However, Persian language is not taught in any Los Angeles-area school districts. A survey of college-level heritage language learners, conducted by the National Heritage Language Resource Center , indicates that most heritage learners of Persian have had minimal or no schooling in Persian.

310-825-2510 Ext. 0 • kathryn@humnet.ucla.edu

San Diego State University Research Foundation (student)

2009 Persian STARTALK Camp, Grades 1-12

San Diego, CA • Persian • July 6, 2009 July 24, 2009

The Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University will offer a 3-week (July 6-24) full-time Persian STARTALK summer camp for students nationwide (grades 1-12). Our standards- and performance-based curriculum will follow the models offered by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Our students will be of varying linguistic and cultural backgrounds and will be grouped appropriately, especially in activities that are demanding linguistically. Since the group will have varying interests in cultural and artistic activities, teachers will tailor lesson plans to appeal to a number of diverse learning styles. Students will be assessed in several ways. We will use Linguafolio, student portfolios, and performance-based evaluations. We will gather performance data from audio and video files, crafts projects, students' interactions, and class discussions. In addition to the 3-week summer camp, students will continue to be instructed by STARTALK teachers twice during the year via on-line modules to maintain their language skills. Prior to this year's camp, teachers received extensive training in instruction and in curriculum and lesson development, and they have created media-rich resources to be used in the class. Materials used in class will be posted to the STARTALK site at

619-594-8968 • aoliai@mail.sdsu.edu

UCLA Center for World Languages (teacher)

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop

Los Angeles, CA • Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • July 20, 2009 July 24, 2009

In today’s “foreign” language classes, teachers are faced with many students who are heritage language speakers. For these students, the target language is not foreign, but rather a home language whose development was interrupted by a switch to English. A typical heritage learner has grown up hearing the language and begins classroom instruction with measurable oral and aural proficiency but with few literacy skills. This workshop is designed to help language teachers better understand the differences between L2 and HL learners, and learn how to differentiate curriculum to address the range of skill levels present in HL classes. Participants will explore ways to design their own curriculum and select materials and assessment tools. They will learn how to start where the students are and involve them as ACTIVE participants in the learning process. The workshop will include information on how to research a heritage language community and create a community-based program. A grasp of demographic data will give teachers an advantage in teaching and promoting heritage language instruction in their own departments, institutions, and districts. The goal for the workshop is to develop a cohort of language teachers who will be leaders and mentors in heritage language instruction.

310-794-0191 • kathryn@humnet.ucla.edu

National University (student)

NU STARTALK 2009 - Student Persian

San Diego, CA • Persian • August 3, 2009 August 31, 2009

National University (NU) is offering a 4-week summer non-residential day program for grades 6-12 in Persian language. The proposed program will award, upon successful completion, academic credit for language coursework through an established arrangement between NU and its WASC-accredited affiliate, NUVHS: grades 6-12 will be eligible to receive academic credit. The program will include cultural enrichment activities and field trips. In addition, the program provides ongoing follow-up learning opportunities for the students in order to create incentive for language learning and to refrain from linguistic attrition. An opportunity to enroll in NU’s on-line Persian language courses (high school level courses, as well as Major, Minor, Certificate) is offered. Instructional Lead Dr. Azita Mokhtari Email: Phone: 858-642-8598 Administrative Point-of-Contact Dr. Ramin Sarraf Phone:858-642-8580 Program Sessions Spectrum Business Park Campus 9388 Light wave Avenue San Diego, CA 92123 Site contact person: Dr. Ramin Sarraf Onsite phone:858-541-7700 Onsite Heritage: yes Non-Heritage: yes Language: Persian Grade levels: Middle School (6-8) High School (9-12) Incoming proficiency levels: Beginning Intermediate Advanced Start date: 2009-08-06 End date: 2009-08-31 Total instructional days: 20 Total instructional hours: 100

858-642-8580 • rsarraf@nu.edu
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