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Bangor Chinese School (teacher)

STARTALK: The Future Teaches Chinese

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 15, 2015July 3, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Husson University, Bangor, ME

This is a three-week, standards based summer program for teachers and aspiring teachers in Bangor, Maine. The program will overlap with the BCS student STARTALK program during one of its three weeks. This will facilitate articulation with the student program and enable practicum teaching experience with the STARTALK students, grades 4-12. The program will emphasize quality foreign language instruction through daily mini-lessons, a capstone teaching experience, concrete coaching with practical methods, and class portfolio management. Based on strategies and ACTFL standards in teaching foreign language, the program will concern itself with differentiated teaching, and curriculum development using best practices. University credits in "Educating Exceptional Students" offered will be applicable to teacher certification in the State of Maine. Teacher participants will learn the use of immersion techniques, how to stay in the target language, technology use in the classroom, standards-based, student-centered learning activities and effective assessment techniques. The curriculum will follow Maine standards with an introduction to national and international standards in language learning. Following the three-week program, participants will be given the opportunity to continue their professional development through workshops and professional conferences.

207-990-0710 • jingzhang@bangorchinese.comhttp://www.bangorchinese.com/

Bryant University (teacher)

Bryant STARTALK Chinese Language Teacher Program

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 6, 2015July 31, 2015: Program (face-to-face)
  • Bryant University, Smithfield, RI

This program is a 4-week summer training and practice program from July 6-31, 2015 (no training on weekends). The targeted audiences are current and future Chinese teachers from public/private K-12 schools, teacher colleges or graduate programs, and heritage/community schools. Teaching experience is not required. Aligned with ACTFL standards and STARTALK principles, the primary goal of the program is to equip teachers with teaching skills and strategies that will enable them to teach Chinese with at least 90% use of target language. The program also includes important sessions on national standards, student-centered instruction, assessment, backward-design lesson planning, and teaching technology. The program features: • Certificate of 120 professional development credit hours • Authentic practice teaching classes with middle/high school students • Mentor for lesson planning and practice teaching • 3 graduate credits (optional) from Bryant with discount tuition and certain scholarships • Lectures/seminars by renowned scholars/experts • Workshops by experienced teachers to share teaching strategies/classroom activities • Field trip to Boston and Newport Mansions in Rhode Island • Campus dorms available for FREE for participants living 30 miles away from Bryant campus (limited; first come first served) • Up to $200 reimbursement of travel to program • Breakfast and lunch provided

401-232-6566 • kliu1@bryant.eduhttp://china.bryant.edu

Center for Human Services (teacher)

CHS 2015 Summer STARTALK Institute on Integrating Communication and Culture in Chinese Language Programs

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 28, 2015July 31, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • CHS/STARTALK at Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

CHS STARTALK 2015 will provide an innovative learning environment for Chinese teacher-trainees from June 28, 2015 to July 10, 2015 (face-to-face) and July 13 to July 31, 2015 (online). Classes will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Residential option available. Lodging and meals provided. Evening activities included. The program assists teacher-trainees to understand and implement high-yield teaching and learning strategies for the target languages. The program will focus on the following content areas: Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching Approach and Methodology, and Curriculum Design. The program will link these content areas to STARTALK-endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning and Characteristics of Effective Language Lessons. This, in turn, will be embedded within a larger framework based on the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL/STELLA) Project domains. During the program, all participants will receive information and guidance on Maryland’s and Pennsylvania’s state teacher-licensure procedures, alternate paths to certification, teacher-training programs leading to certification, and relevant graduate programs leading to an advanced degree.

717-508-7290 • chs.startalk@gmail.comhttp://bit.ly/chsstartalk

College Board (teacher)

Chinese Guest Teacher Summer Institute

Chinese • Residential Program
  • May 20, 2015June 3, 2015: Pre-Institute Online Modules (online)
  • July 22, 2015August 1, 2015: Guest Teacher Summer Institute (face-to-face)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

The Chinese Guest Teacher Summer Institute (GTSI) offers professional development for newly arriving teachers from China, prior to their placement as visiting teachers of Chinese language and culture in elementary and secondary schools across the United States. The primary goal of the GTSI is to prepare the guest teachers to teach effectively in American classrooms through a combination of interactive sessions and hands-on teaching practice. The program covers topics such as the structure of U.S. K-12 education, K-12 foreign language teaching standards, communication strategies, course design, classroom management, materials development, and more. The GTSI is only open to teachers selected for the College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program. The program is organized by College Board in collaboration with the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the UCLA Confucius Insitute, and is hosted on the UCLA campus.For questions, please contact guestteacher@collegeboard.org.

212-713-8038 • scantor@collegeboard.org

College of the Holy Cross (teacher)

Read-On:Training Modules for Reading Literacy in Chinese IV

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 23, 2015August 3, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

“Read On: Training Modules for Reading Literacy in Chinese IV,” is a 10-day StarTalk residential workshop for master teachers of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) to develop best practices in literacy development focusing on reading strategies and reading comprehension. Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of full-time experience at a specific grade level teaching Chinese as a foreign language in American classrooms. K-5 and 6-8 teachers must have at least 3 years of experience; 9-12 and college-level teachers must have at least 5 years of experience. During the program, participants will create reading modules integrated within Standards-based units that can be used in the classroom as well as in CFL teacher training programs. Participants will be 'on-task' for 10 hours/day for a total of 90 hours and in addition will engage in a pre-program forum on character literacy in a Standards-based curriculum, focusing on best practices developed in the 2012-2014 StarTalk “Read-On” programs. Participants will receive full support for travel, meals (including daily dinners at area restaurants), and single occupancy accommodation in air-conditioned apartment-style dormitories. We cannot accommodate family members or companions. APPLICATION LINK IS ON THE PROGRAM WEBSITE HOMEPAGE (SEE BELOW). APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 24.

508-799-7787 • cross@holycross.eduhttp://college.holycross.edu/projects/startalk-chinese-literacy/index.html

Concordia Language Villages (teacher)

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for STARTALK Teachers of Critical Languages at Concordia Language Villages

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • Residential Program
  • June 21, 2015July 1, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, MN

Principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this graduate level course. This is a residential program designed for K-16 teachers of critical languages. Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy. STARTALK teachers learn and practice: a) strategies for staying in the target language in both formal and informal instructional settings; b) formative and summative Standards-based assessments of students’ communication skills and cultural understandings; c) content-based teaching strategies; d) integrating culture into the teaching of language; and e) meeting the needs of diverse learners. Brandon Locke, dean of teacher development programs, is the program director and lead instructor. Jing Zhao, a Chinese immersion teacher, serves as co-instructor. Dr. Donna Clementi will also be a guest instructor focusing on instructional unit design and standards-based Integrated Performance Assessment model. The program is housed at Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN) with regular visits to Concordia Language Villages sites. Participants receive room/board on the BSU campus. Four graduate credits are awarded for successful completion of the course. In addition, each participant will receive up to $350.00 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

907-242-1671 • blocke@cord.eduhttp://www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org

Fargo Public Schools (teacher)

STARTALK Chinese Program for Teachers and Students in Fargo

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 20, 2015July 24, 2015: online and asynchronous (online)
  • July 27, 2015August 7, 2015: In program (face-to-face)
  • NDSU Living and Learning Center, Fargo, ND

Twelve teachers of Chinese of either beginning or emerging level will participate in this dynamic three-week, 90 hour Teacher Program. The focus of the program will be how to teach history, geography, legends and other cultural content in Chinese at every level.The first week will be online and asynchronous, the second and third weeks will be at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Participants will interact with instructors and each other in peer editing during the second week. The third week, participants will spend in the student program, practicing their new techniques and receiving feedback. Participants will be able to articulate and practice various criteria from the STELLA Modules Planning, The Learning Experience, and Performance and Feedback, collecting their evidence in a portfolio. Housing will be provided in a modern and comfortable conference center.

701-293-5763 • mary.thrond@gmail.comhttp://www.fargo.k12.nd.us

Glastonbury Public Schools (teacher)

Lead with Chinese

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 29, 2015July 10, 2015: Advanced Course: Creating Teacher Leaders in the Chinese Classroom (face-to-face)
  • July 13, 2015July 24, 2015: Beginner Course: Standards-Based Instruction in Chinese Language: From Theory to Practice (face-to-face)
  • Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT

Advanced Course: June 29 – July 10: Prerequisite: 3 years teaching experience. Participants will develop an understanding of what it takes to become a leader, how to develop a vision of what good classroom performance is, how to communicate that vision to other teachers, and finally how to assist other teachers in implementing that vision in their classes. Participants will also focus on diagnosing difficulties, and promoting ways to manage the learning process. Participants learn to provide feedback and coaching to other teachers so that instruction is maximized. Technology will be an integral part of the course and will be used to gather data. Beginner Course: July 13 – 24: This course centers on a Chinese curriculum that is standards-based, infuses technology, and includes the latest philosophies of language teaching. Participants will discuss how curriculum needs to be created with a “backward design” model, keeping in mind that focused assessment is a key component of Understanding by Design. Participants will also learn techniques for helping their students become more proficient as they continue their language study. Teachers will learn elements of differentiated instruction and demonstrate their understanding by teaching a mini-lesson. Observation and reflection are integral parts of the course.

860-652-7200 Ext. 2030 • wildmanj@glastonburyus.orghttp://goo.gl/6Ymhuy

Kent State University (teacher)

KSU STARTALK: Teacher Leadership Academy

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 6, 2015July 15, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • KSU STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy, Kent, OH

The Kent State STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy is a ten-day residential program for K-12 teachers of Mandarin Chinese. The task-based, learner-centered curriculum promotes the integration of the latest Web 2.0 technologies with STARTALK best practices in Foreign Language instruction. Teacher participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the Kent State student immersion program in Mandarin Chinese. Teacher participants receive three graduate credits upon successful completion of the program. This program (including room and board and tuition) is entirely free for teachers accepted into the program.

330-672-1813 • bbaer@kent.eduhttp://fla.mcls.kent.edu

Northern Virginia Community College (teacher)

NOVASTARTALK

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • Residential Program
  • June 29, 2015July 10, 2015: NOVASTARTALK F2F Workshops (face-to-face)
  • NOVA Arlington Center, Arlington,, VA

NOVASTARTALK is a face to face workshop that features standards-based instruction on the appropriate use of technology to teach World Languages in STARTALK programs and in the home institutions of STARTALK teachers. The faculty members of NOVASTARTALK are known or their expertise in technology-enhanced language teaching and learning. The focus of the workshop is the technology toolkit that each participant puts together over the course of a week of instruction. This toolkit allows the teachers to implement a similar program at their home institutions. There are two seperate NOVASTARTALK sessions with different applications and foci. Teachers are encouraged to sign up for week one if they have never been to NOVASTARTALK before. They are encouraged to sign up for week two if they are proficient in basic technologies or if they are returning to NOVASTARTALK after a previous workshop. Participants should not sign up for NOVASTARTALK unless they are able to attend from 9-5 for the five consecutive days of the session . For information on our program contact Program Director Laura Franklin at 703-845-6325.

703-845-6242 • lfranklin@nvcc.eduhttp://www.novastartalk.edu

Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado Boulder (teacher)

Chinese Language Instruction in the Digital Age: A STARTALK Program on Incorporating Learner-Centered Tehnology Tools into the Chinese Language Curriculum

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 10, 2015June 21, 2015: Pre-program Asynchronous Online Segment (online)
  • June 23, 2015July 1, 2015: Residential Program Segment (face-to-face)
  • July 2, 2015July 17, 2015: Asynchronous Project Completion Segment (online)
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

The University of Colorado's Program for Teaching East Asia will host a STARTALK program for 20 Chinese language teachers working in middle and high school settings around the US. This blended program will provide teachers with a thorough understanding of and practical experience with implementing effective learning technologies appropriate for the secondary Chinese language classroom. Based on the premise that the sustainability of both a program and its teachers increasingly depends on the teachers possessing skills and behaviors of a digital-age professional, this STARTALK program will introduce the theory, standards, frameworks, knowledge, and practice necessary for incorporating into the curriculum, with comfort and ease, a range of learner-centered technology tools. Program participants will work with language technology specialists, experienced Chinese language curriculum designers, and master teachers to gain a clear understanding of and competency in a variety of technologies around which they can create effective and engaging lessons. The program will consist of asynchronous online learning in mid-June, a residential institute in late June, and asynchronous online time in early July to complete a technology portfolio.

303-735-5128 • jon.zeljo@colorado.eduhttp://www.colorado.edu/cas/tea

San Diego State University Research Foundation (teacher)

STARTALK 2015: Multi-language Summer Student/Teacher Program: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Swahili, Persian, Portuguese Combination proposal

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili • Residential Program
  • June 15, 2015June 26, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

The Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University (SDSU) will offer a two-week residential teacher training program for twenty three beginning level and five emerging (intermediate) level teachers (K-16). The program will be conducted at two levels to accommodate both beginning and emerging teachers. By the end of the program the participants will be able to effectively apply contemporary theories of second language acquisition (SLA) to their instruction; incorporate the principles of backward design; the five-step lesson plan; and ACTFL standards to their lessons and curricula. The five emerging participants will be given more practicum opportunity during the workshop. They will work closely with the Language Group Leaders in the morning to prepare materials and lessons. In the afternoons they will assist/coach the beginning level participants. The program will be offered via a two-week (80 hours) on-site workshop. Interested participants will earn three units graduate level credit and will be offered an opportunity to attend an extra 40 hours of continuing teacher education offered by the California World Language Project onsite, or online.

619-594-7447 • fsaydee@mail.sdsu.eduhttps://larc.sdsu.edu/startalk/

Stanford University/California World Language Project (teacher)

Stanford University CWLP Teacher Leadership Program

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • Residential Program
  • July 17, 2015July 22, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

This residential program, Leadership Development for Teachers of STARTALK Languages and Cultures, is especially designed for teachers who have experienced the highest level of success in implementing the STARTALK-Endorsed Principles in their classrooms and provide them with the leadership skills that will enable them to play leadership roles in their schools and districts to advance the mission of STARTALK. These roles include planning programs and curricula, leading professional development activities, becoming cooperating/master teachers for teacher candidates, mentoring and coaching their colleagues to implement best practices in their classrooms and serving in different committees and task forces designed to strengthen teaching and learning of the STARTALK languages. The program will continue to strengthen the participants’ linguistic and cultural knowledge and especially their pedagogical practices, but will concentrate its efforts on building a cadre of teachers who can play leadership roles in program planning, curriculum development, assessment practices in their districts, schools, and local organizations, including the designing and planning of STARTALK programs. Attention will also be placed on preparing the participants to support Master/Cooperating teachers in the essential function of preparing the next generation of STARTALK anguage educators.

650-736-9042 • duarte.silva@stanford.edu

The University of Vermont (teacher)

Promoting Chinese Language Instruction through Professional Development

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 26, 2015August 8, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Burlington, VT

The teacher program of StarTalk Vermont intents to provide opportunities for 10 Chinese language teachers from across the nation to upgrade their knowledge and skills in instruction by developing a comprehensive understanding of the StarTalk Principles and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The participants will have 104 hours of instructional time, including daily coaching by a Lead Instructor, presentations and lectures given by experts, lesson design with consultation of the experts, and reflections on the activities they are engaged in as compared with their teaching practices in schools. The participants will apply what they learn to practice by teaching in the student program so that each teacher will have several opportunities for instruction. The program will last for 13 days, and a pre-program assignment on StarTalk Principles, the 5 C's, and the Coaching approcah is required. Follow-up contacts will be maintained through E-mail, Skype sessions, and telephone calls after the program. Certain technology approaches will be applied to the teacher program for instruction and for management of the program.

802-989-5402 • javery@rnesu.orghttp://www.uvm.edu/~startalk/

TROY University (teacher)

TROY-STARTALK Teacher Program (Chinese) 2015

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 28, 2015July 12, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • TROY-STARTALK (Troy), Troy, AL

TROY University offers a fun and challenging two-week intensive Chinese language camp for highly motivated pre- and in-service Chinese language teachers. Participants will live and study with experienced bilingual Chinese language professors and teachers from Confucius Institute and College of Education of TROY University. All participants pledge to speak only Chinese from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day with paired students. Participants study in a small class of 12 students each morning and engage in fun hands-on activities each afternoon designed to build language skills while introducing China’s rich cultural diversity to paired students. Participants will try their hands at Chinese paper folding, Chinese cooking, Dragon Dance, Tai Chi, Chinese traditional dances, and games. Each participant will join an on-line community to help stay in touch with their language partners after the program concludes. The program is open to all pre- and in-service teachers with near-native proficiency in the Chinese language and graduate level mastery of English for the studies of language teaching theories. All expenses during the two-week residential program are covered after the participants at TROY University. Troy’s gorgeous campus offers beautiful walking trails and a picturesque lake for everybody to enjoy outside of class.

334-808-6154 • startalk@troy.eduhttp://troy.edu/startalk/

UCLA Center for World Languages (teacher)

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop: Materials Development

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Urdu • Residential Program
  • June 28, 2015July 2, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • UCLA Center for World Languages/NHLRC, Los Angeles, CA

In spite of the large number of Heritage Language Learners (HLL) in K-16 classrooms, language instructors in the U.S. are not prepared to teach them and few methodologies, curricula, or materials for teaching HLLs are available. This challenge is compounded in all STARTALK languages because they are less commonly taught and the teachers are often required to create their own materials. This teacher workshop is designed to help language teachers learn how to develop suitable materials for their students by focusing on instructional materials that answer the needs of HLLs. The workshop will be designed to impart the principles and methods of HL materials development. The workshop also aims to create a cohort of language teachers who will be leaders and mentors in the field of HL instruction. We hope that teachers who participate in the workshop will commit to re-teaching “lessons learned” at their institution or in their region when they return home. The instructors are Dr. Olga Kagan, UCLA ,and Dr. Maria Carreira, CSULB.

310-825-2510 • kathryn@humnet.ucla.eduhttp://www.nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/events/startalkworkshop/2015/home

University of Hawaii (teacher)

Hawaii Teacher Training Institute

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 2, 2015July 24, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

STARTALK-Hawaii will recruit 10 talented pre- and inservice teachers of Chinese to spend 25 days in Honolulu, immersed in a program to improve how they teach Chinese to primarily secondary school learners, although the approaches may be adapted for other learners. The Teacher Training Institute runs concurrently with the STARTALK Hawaii Chinese Language Camp for 20 students, ages 12 to 17, led by four master teachers and one assistant teacher. During the first three days of the Institute, teachers will be immersed in theory and its implementation, through live instruction, demonstrations, experiential classes in which the participants become students, and feedback sessions. Instruction and discussions will focus on the STARTALK principles and incorporate TBLT (Task-based Language Teaching) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Story-telling) approaches (teachers choose one strand for a focus). For the first week of the student camp, trainees will watch, dissect, and reflect on lessons taught by the lead instructors. Beginning in the second week, they will help teach. All lessons are critiqued using back channeling and in feedback sessions. Some segments may be video recorded. Teacher trainees will pay airfare and $500 towards housing. Tuition, board, excursions and materials are covered by STARTALK.

808-956-2692 • cyndy@hawaii.eduhttp://www.confuciusinstitutehawaii.org

University of Houston (teacher)

STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston 2015

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 6, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston, Houston, TX

The STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston offers a Chinese language teacher training July 6–17 with a follow-up session, Nov. 1, 2015. We offer a 3-credit graduate course (Studies of Chinese Language Acquisition) which can be applied towards Teacher Certification in Chinese, teacher certificate renewal, or a MA degree in teaching Chinese. Participants will receive a certificate upon their completion of the program. The program curriculum include 1) conceptualization of the National Standards by applying the standards to theme-/content-based curriculum design and learner-centered instruction, 2) examination of research in second language acquisition and Chinese language instruction on form, meaning, and function, 3) backward design: application of the theories to CFL curriculum and instruction; using the theory and teaching principles, 4) discussion on Chinese vocabulary instruction, 5) performance-based assessments with a focus on "what students can do with language" and 6) Chinese linguistics for Chinese teachers. Chinese language teachers from K-12 schools, community colleges, and Chinese heritage schools are welcome to apply. We also welcome out-of-state teachers who are willing to pay for transportation and a partial of the room cost. Participants must have an undergraduate degree. Application deadline: April 27th, 2015. Please fill an online application: http://www.uh.edu/class/mcl/chinese/startalk/index.php

713-743-3007 • mjgutierrez@uh.eduhttp://www.uh.edu/class/mcl/chinese/startalk/

University of Massachusetts Boston (teacher)

UMASS Boston STARTALK Summer Institute for Teachers of Chinese

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 7, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Bentley University, Waltham, MA

The China Program Center at UMass Boston is offering an experiential Summer Institute to current Chinese language instructors, students preparing to become language instructors, or those pursuing employment in public, private and independent schools. The UMass-STARTALK Institutional Goals include to familiarize participants with the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, and current theories in second language acquisition; to promote understanding of American school culture and effective classroom practices; to learn student-centered pedagogy and apply it to the teaching of Chinese; to write curriculum units based the National Standards for Foreign Language Education and the STARTALK curriculum template Upon completion, participants will be able to grasp and discuss the ACTFL World- Readiness Standards and STARTALK-endorsed principles and be able to implement best practices in lesson planning and classrooms. Participants will write a standards-based, thematically organized curriculum and present it for peer and faculty review at a follow-up day two months after the conclusion of the institute.

617-338-9385 • wanli.hu@umb.eduhttp://caps.umb.edu/china

University of Minnesota (teacher)

STARTALK Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 15, 2015June 26, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Confucius Institute at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

The goal of STARTALK Teaching and Assessing Chinese Culture and Language Authentically (TACCLA) is to improve participants’ ability to rethink their curriculum and instructional methods toward enhancing their students’ language proficiency levels while integrating elements of culture learning at the same time. This program will use the proficiency-oriented principles of language teaching, which are aligned with national standards. Participants will be able to better identify and enact the characteristics of culture in proficiency-based instruction, and the specific implications for curriculum, instruction and assessment for a U.S. classroom. This is a free residential program with limited travel allowance to offset the cost of transportation and limited tuition scholarship. Participants in this program will: --Explore theories and research about culture and culture learning --Create objectives for culture learning with particular reference to the national standards --Examine curricular models for integrating language and culture --Investigate techniques and materials for teaching culture --Explore traditional and alternative methods of assessing language and culture learning --Develop and apply criteria for evaluating cultural content of teaching materials --Create authentic teaching materials that has the potential to achieve proficiency through culture as core content --Share newly created lesson plans during their practicum experience

612-625-0243 • zhang429@umn.eduhttp://confucius.umn.edu/teachers/pd/star_talk/taccla/index.html

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (teacher)

STARTALK Chinese Teacher Institute

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 8, 2015July 18, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

This residential STARTALK Chinese Teacher Institute will provide an intensive 10-day professional development experience for 15 US teachers of Chinese focused on creating a learner/learning centered environment that reflects best practices in language learning and teaching. STARTALK teacher participants wear two “hats” in this institute. First, they are placed in the role of the learner as they experience pedagogical techniques and strategies first-hand that actively engage them in the learning process. In this way, they develop confidence through practice. Second, participants are placed in the role of teacher, as they examine their beliefs about language learning and teaching both during and after the learning tasks, thus promoting “reflection in action” and “reflection on action.” In order to affect maximum technology uptake, each participant is given an iPad and laptop to use as they learn technology in a context directly applicable to their classrooms. Points of emphasis include: instructional planning based on backward design; assessment that includes formative, summative and self-assessment; classroom management; integration of LinguaFolio; content- based instruction; developing intercultural communicative competence; and technology integration. The staff is comprised of experienced professionals in the areas of language teaching and learning, instructional technology, Chinese language instruction, LinguaFolio and classroom management.

402-472-2024 • hurlbut@gmail.comhttps://sites.google.com/site/stchineseteacherinstitute/

University of South Florida (teacher)

USF Startalk Teacher Mentorship Program

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 10, 2015July 17, 2015: Pre-Program Online Workshop (online)
  • July 18, 2015July 31, 2015: Program Segment (face-to-face)
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

The USF Startalk Chinese Teacher Training and Mentorship Program is an intensive professional development institute for K-16 Chinese language teachers. This residential program has a core two-week hands-on training program that combines with pre- and post-program professional mentoring activities to provide in-service K-16 Chinese language teachers and individuals interested in teaching Chinese at the K-16 level the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills. Participants earn 3 USF graduate credits in Chinese Pedagogy (Lead Instructor: Dr. Eric Shepherd). Tuition is subsidized. All accepted participants must sign and abide by the 2015 USF STARTALK Code of Conduct, Media Release Form, Medical Release Form, and Forms required by STARTALK Central. Application Deadline: April 30, 2015. Rolling admission process. Apply early. Spaces are limited.

813-974-0589 • annietai@usf.eduhttp://www.usf.edu/world/participate/startalk/

University of Toledo (teacher)

2015 STARTALK-CHELER Chinese Leadership Program for Chinese Heritage School Teachers

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 21, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (online)
  • July 18, 2015July 24, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Toledo, oledo, OH, Toledo, OH

The STARTALK-CHELER Chinese Leadership Program is aimed at expanding the conceptual understanding and practical teaching skills of experienced teacher leaders of community-based Chinese heritage schools/programs in the United States. Participants will work in two cohorts, one for returning STARTALK participants and the other for those who are new to the program. The differentiated learning will provide opportunities for stimulating exchanges about principles of teaching and learning, lessons learned, and successes experienced. This residential program consists of three parts: a one-month pre-workshop online session, a one-week onsite workshop at the University of Toledo, and a post-workshop online forum. Participants will leave the STARTALK-CHELER program with new knowledge and effective strategies of developing student-centered, standard-based, and thematically organized lessons to build a learning community through technology. The STARTALK-CHLER program, including room, board and tuition, is free for qualifying applicants. Participants receive six continuing education units upon successful completion of the program.

419-530-2146 • acheng@utoledo.eduhttp://startalk.cheler.org

University of Virginia (teacher)

Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 8, 2015July 24, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA), first launched in 2008, will continue to partner with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy (VSCSA) to provide opportunities for professional development and career advancement for novice and experienced teachers of Mandarin Chinese. The 17-day residential program (July 8-24) integrates and balances theory and practice through both regular and virtual classes in a well-sequenced blended model. Upon the completion of the program, participants will receive three to five graduate course credits. Specifically, they will receive intensive training and practicum experience, integrate technology and culture into teaching, participate in developing an effective blended learning model, implement strategies for creating a Chinese immersion setting, and develop authentic tasks and performance-based assessments. The capstone of the development of the trainees’ competence in teaching Chinese as a foreign language is the completion of an E-portfolio that documents the trainees’ extensive learning experiences in launching or advancing their careers. Each teacher participant will receive a $4,250 scholarship to cover 3-credit tuition and other academic costs of the program and pay $300 for program costs. Please visit the program website http://www.virginia.edu/startalk to explore program information and complete online application through the link http://tinyurl.com/2015UVaSTARTALK by April 10, 2015.

434-924-0571 • uva-startalk@virginia.eduhttp://www.virginia.edu/startalk
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