UTA (Focus Teacher Program)
STARTALK Program: Standards-based and ACTFL Proficiency-Oriented Teaching
Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
- June 1, 2021 – June 18, 2021
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2021 PROGRAM COMING SOON!
The STARTALK Program: Standards-based and ACTFL Proficiency-Oriented Teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington will train 25 secondary and post-secondary teachers of critical languages (Russian, Korean, Chinese, and Arabic) and Spanish during a summer two-week online, and 5-day in-person workshops, and four fall online modules for a total of 70 instructional professional development hours. The goal is for participants to develop an understanding of and gain hands-on experience in creating a standards-based curriculum that fosters purposeful communication to increase learners’ proficiency in the target language. Participants will learn the fundamentals of employing backward-design principles aligning learning outcomes, performance assessments, and meaningful learning experiences. At the end of the summer workshop, they will have instructional materials and resources to plan for implementation in the next fall semester during which our follow-up modules will be offered to them for assistance and feedback. This focus program, designed to support the STARTALK principle of implementing a Standards-Based and Thematically-Organized Curriculum, is aligned with TELL criteria in the Planning domain, and promotes foreign language educators’ understanding of ACTFL proficiency guidelines, which in turn improves curricula design and implementation for student success.