New York University (Demonstration Teacher Program)
Teacher Training Summer Institute
Arabic, Hindi, Urdu
To Be Determined
- Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York, NY
This online/on-site teacher training summer institute emphasizes classroom teaching strategies and basic principles that can be applied to a variety of classroom settings. Participants develop engaging tasks in the three modes of communication in real-life and meaningful contexts with backwards design. They design and demo- or micro-teach lessons with focus on learner proficiency and background, use of the target language and making it comprehensible, and based on the use of authentic materials. Participants demonstrate their abilities through four key assessments: a) peer-teaching of a 'food' activity (less experienced) or lesson (more experienced), b) authentic material based interpretive task, c) an in-person micro-teaching lesson and d) a presentation of three connected lessons (for less experienced) or a thematic unit (for more experienced) through 'gallery walk'. Teachers are trained to apply and demonstrate their knowledge of the standards, specifically the communication and culture standards, effective instructional strategies, comprehensive input and authentic materials to their diverse teaching settings for Hindi/Urdu and Arabic. STARTALK@NYU recruits 21 school, heritage school or college teachers. Preference is given to applicants with teaching experience and native or near-native language proficiency with limited formal training. Our curriculum is designed to be interactive and hands-on even during the online portion. We model instructional techniques, so that participants experience the methods and approaches that they need to implement in their own micro-teaching and teaching after the program.