Curriculum Resources for Teacher Programs

Updated for 2021

STARTALK provides teacher programs with a curriculum template, knowing that a common template design will facilitate the sharing of units, instructional strategies, and quality materials. The template is designed to capture best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Curriculum Development

The STARTALK curriculum template for teacher programs supports programs in using backward design and the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Framework to develop a quality curriculum for their programs. A development guide and review questions are provided to support teacher programs throughout each stage of the curriculum development process.

Development Guide  Review Questions

Sample Curriculum

The sample curricula outline one possible option for completing the curriculum template for teacher programs. Each sample curriculum is not complete and only unpacks one representative TELL criterion. Individual programs will need to complete their own curriculum to address the needs of their participants and the intent of their proposal.

Overview Sample Curriculum   Focus Sample Curriculum   Demonstration Sample Curriculum   Practicum Sample Curriculum


TELL Framework

The Teacher Effectiveness in Language Learning (TELL) Framework identifies the characteristics and behaviors that effective language teachers possess. This framework is used to determine specific goals for teacher programs as part of the curriculum development process.

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