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    Concordia Language Villages (Teacher)

    Immersion Methodologies for STARTALK Teachers

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Swahili, Urdu

    Date(s)
    • June 24, 2018 – July 4, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The four-credit graduate-level course, entitled “Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for STARTALK Teachers of Critical Languages,” is a 10-day residential program hosted by Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota, and takes place on the campus of Bemidji State University (BSU).
    The course consists of 80 instructional hours, not including informal discussions and personal reflection, and focuses on key concepts of immersion education and active participation in all aspects of language and culture programming at the Language Villages. 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, with emphasis on the environment, drama and music; d) integrating culture into the teaching of language; and e) meeting the needs of diverse learners. A perennial highlight of our program is several visits to our youth Language Villages in session at that time, where participants observe class concepts put into practice.

    Participants receive tuition, room & board, four units of graduate credit from Concordia College and up to $500 of travel-expense reimbursement, all for free, thanks to the STARTALK grant.

    Enrollment is limited to 15 participants, so register today by completing the attached application form or going to http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/adult-programs/educator-program... .

    For registration questions, please contact Sara Williams at swilliam@cord.edu.
    For questions regarding course content, please contact Brandon Locke at blocke@cord.edu.
    For all other questions, please contact Mark Chen at mchen@cord.edu.

    Contact(s)
    (218) 299-3472
    blocke@cord.edu
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    University of Minnesota (Teacher)

    STARTALK:Transitioning to Teaching Language Online

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Swahili, Urdu

    Date(s)
    • June 11, 2018 – July 1, 2018: Main Program (Online)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 8, 2018: Optional ePortfolio Work (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Completely online program, , MN
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Experienced classroom teachers of beginning levels of critical languages will be selected to participate in the “STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online” (STARTALK:TTLO) program and will work entirely online with the instruction and support of experienced online program instructors.

    The program will be offered as an intensive three-week summer course (June 11 - July 1, 2018) for critical language teachers. Outcomes will include improving the participant teachers’ ability to 1) analyze their experiences as an online students and online language students; 2) articulate the differences between teaching online and teaching in the classroom; 3) design successful online, proficiency-oriented language activities within the three communication modes framework, and 4) identify basic principles of how to design, develop, and deliver their own hybrid or online course. The program includes online language mini-lessons that will be conducted as a “class-within-a-class” so that language learning activities set within the framework of the three communication modes, learner behaviors and needs, online design and expectations, and best practices for teaching online can be modeled and analyzed, created and tested, and peer-critiqued in a safe environment. Participants will be engaged in active for approximately 120 hours total for the program, depending on the needs and skills of the participants.

    Contact(s)
    (612) 625-8848
    johns484@umn.edu
    Program Website