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    Western Michigan University (Student)

    Michigan STARTALK Chinese Student Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: Onsite Learning (Face-to-face)
    • July 27, 2018 – August 3, 2018: Online Learning (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The MSCSA employs a 4-week blended program aims to provide a linguistically and culturally enriched learning experiences to 50 novice range proficiency level students in grade 6-12. The 3-week face-to-face program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 9 to July 27, 2018, at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with the subsequent one-week (July 30-August 3) online program requiring students to devote at least two hours daily in learning the language. A total of 115 hours of instructional time will be provided to participants in this program. Depending on their entry level, students are expected to advance their Chinese language proficiency at least to novice-mid, novice-high, and Intermediate-low levels by the end of the program. The student program coincides with the major time frame of the teacher program, thus enabling collaborative teaching and learning for the 2 groups of participants and providing frequent opportunities for students to have individualized attention, support, and authentic/spontaneous experiences in speaking Mandarin. Student-centered learning will be emphasized in an immersion setting using a variety of authentic materials that will prepare students to engage in culturally significant communicative activities. During and after the program, online LinguaFolio will be used to continue the development process of Chinese language among students. After the 15-day learning journey, learners will gain confidence in using Mandarin Chinese to communicate with native speakers on familiar topics in daily life. Students who fully participate in the program (total 115 hours) and participate in the study abroad program (optional with additional cost) can meet at least one credit of world language high school graduation requirement under the Michigan Merit Curriculum. All costs including snacks and lunches are covered by the program. The application deadline is May 25, 2018, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Contact(s)
    (269) 387-3496
    moimooi.lew@wmich.edu
    Program Website

    HADI-CLASSRoad (Teacher)

    STARTALK: Planning for Engaged Language Learning

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Persian

    Date(s)
    • June 18, 2018 – July 17, 2018: (Online)
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    Non-residential

    Summary

    CLASSRoad’s 2018 fully-online STARTALK program will provide opportunity for thirty-five (35) intermediate and master Arabic, Chinese and Persian language teachers to focus on TELL Planning Domain P6 (a and c) criteria, Learning Experience Domain LE2 (a and b) criteria, LE4 (a and b) criteria, building their ability to: 1) use the backward design process to plan for meaningful student engagement, 2) create daily performance objectives that capture student energy and commitment and that move them toward proficiency targets, and 3) provide comprehensible input while using the target language 90% of the time. The program will include asynchronous/ synchronous interaction among instructors and participants, feature video presentations by experts, formative assessments, discussions, observations of recorded online language teaching examples--including video from previous year teacher participants--peer learning and feedback, peer microteaching practice, online co-teaching of remote language students, and self-assessment and personal growth plan development. The four-week program (80 contact hours) will feature three weeks of module-based daily instruction and group work, including online synchronous presentations by guest experts, several days of peer microteaching and preparation, followed by a fourth week that involves co-teaching to remote novice target language students, along with peer observation, personal reflection and professional planning. The program will be fully delivered online using the CLASSRoad Canvas learning management system and the web-conference platform Adobe Connect, which allows for adaptive design, improved mobile accessibility, the giving of timely feedback, and the course to be structured in an innovative and highly interactive manner.

    Contact(s)
    (310) 845-6149
    letha@hadi.org
    Program Website