Each year, STARTALK programs have a substantial effect on the participants in the programs, the institutions that host them, and the field of critical language education as a whole. This report overviews the impact in these areas as reported by directors of STARTALK programs in 2016.
The 2017 Spring Conference was designed for program instructors and instructional supervisors to set and address program-related professional practice goals. In order to maximize participant engagement in learning during the conference, we planned pre and post-conference webinars to address non-instructional program elements.
Join us in celebrating a decade of making a difference though STARTALK!
Watch the 2016 Fall Conference plenary, "STARTALK Voices". This plenary features teacher and student program alumni who share the role STARTALK has played in their personal, academic, and professional lives.
Watch the 2016 Fall Conference presentation, "MEE: Motivate, Engage, and Empower Participants to Take Ownership of Learning".The session describes Wofford College's spiral MEE implementation: motivating participants, engaging them in real-world tasks and applied learning activities, and empowering them to take ownership of their learning.
Watch Laura Terrill's 2016 Fall Conference presentation, "The Power of the Image". Images have the potential to create interest, to inspire, and to tell stories. They allow us to go beyond the walls of the classroom bringing the cultures and languages of the world to our students in powerful ways.
In this presentation, participants engage in easy to implement strategies for working with visual texts in the target language.
Watch Elisabeth Shovers and Rosanne Zeppieri's 2016 Fall Conference presentation, "Teacher as a Reflective Practitioner". This presentation reviews and shares examples from GLP's STARTALK program, as well as gives other teacher training program leaders and participants the opportunity to begin creating an outline for how to bring reflection into their programming.
Watch Thomas Sauer and Greta Lundgaard's 2016 Fall Conference presentation, "The Learning Episode: Teaching for Transfer and Independence". This session outlines key considerations that any teacher should make to ensure that learners build ownership in their new language skills:
Watch Thomas Sauer's 2016 Fall Conference presentation, "From Practice to Performance: Bringing the Assessment Lens to a STARTALK Program". This workshop connects some of the many foundational elements of assessment to prepare learners to develop ownership in the language and move from practice to performance and advance student language proficiency.