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- June 25, 2018 – July 29, 2018: Required Session: SLA and Russian Language Pedagogy (Online)
- July 9, 2018 – July 13, 2018: Optional Session: Russian Language Content-Based Module (Online)
- July 18, 2018 – July 29, 2018: Required Residential Session on Campus (Face-to-face)
- Middlebury College School of Russian, Middlebury, VT
Middlebury College School of Russian (Teacher)
STARTALK: Proficiency-Based Pedagogy for Russian
The Middlebury School of Russian STARTALK program will enroll 16 participants, who are middle/high school teachers and graduate students in Russian, in a residential program that will last 12 days. Required 5-day module will introduce participants to main SLA concepts and STARTALK principles for effective teaching. A week-long optional online language-learning module will support participants whose Russian language proficiency is Advanced Mid or lower in transitioning to the required Russian-only STARTALK environment at Middlebury Summer Russian School.
By the end of the program, participants will develop or significantly improve their understanding of the fundamentals of second language acquisition theories as they apply to teaching Russian, and gain hands-on experience with STARTALK-endorsed teaching principles, which inform curriculum development, lesson planning, task design and performance-based assessment.
The participants will also have an opportunity to expand their professional networks and practice Russian language during program sessions as well as during formal and informal interactions with the Middlebury Russian School’s faculty and students.