These resources were created in 2014 for STARTALK through our Infrastructure Grant program. They are designed to fulfill critical needs in the world language community and are freely accessible to all language teachers.
Classroom Language Observation Checklist Kit (CLOCK)
The Classroom Language Observation Checklist Kit, or CLOCK, is a formative assessment tool designed for K-5 STARTALK teachers to periodically assess students’ speaking and listening comprehension skills based on observations of students’ use of the target language in a classroom setting. The CLOCK consists of a User Manual and four components to help STARTALK teachers observe their students during class activities and record what they can do. There are two versions of the CLOCK: one for Chinese teachers that includes Chinese language samples and a generic version in English for teachers of other languages.
Putting the Standards Front and Center
Occidental College’s Putting the Standards Front and Center: An Infrastructure Project for Teacher Development provides program directors and lead instructors with multiple resources that can be used individually or collectively.
The materials present concepts simply, are reflected in instructional materials and video-clips of on-target practice, provide participant-centered activities that stimulate reflection and the use of tools to gauge on target practice, focus on the delivery and differentiation of model materials, and offer a modular approach that can be used to construct a variety of professional development experiences.
LangCred is a first of its kind interactive website specifically for U.S. teachers of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) that functions as a clearinghouse of up-to-date information and reliable guidance on obtaining a professional certificate/credential. On the LangCred site you can:
- Search from hundreds of credential routes in the US
- Create an account and build a unique profile to save searches
- View Matched Routes based on your profile
- Compare credential routes in the US
- Participate in a LangCred Community forum to get tips on credentialing
- View a rich Resources section for articles, news, a glossary, and a comprehensive and searchable list of transcript evaluation agencies per state
Professional Learning Resources to Support STARTALK-endorsed Principles
Designed to support professional learning in STARTALK teacher development programs, professional development in STARTALK student programs, as well as independently by any language teacher, these resources address instructional topics found in STELLA modules and support the STARTALK-endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning and Characteristics of Effective Language Lessons. Topics addressed include: “Conducting Performance Assessments”, “Developing Learning Targets”, and “Checking for Understanding.”
Russian and Chinese Instructional Modules
Concordia Language Villages created ten instructional modules in both Russian and Chinese. Using themed cultural topics, each module is comprised of 3 lesson plans providing three or more hours of lessons and activities. Russian modules and supporting materials are focused on a homestay in Russia. Chinese modules and supporting materials are focused on a trip to China.
Master’s Degree Program in Hindi/Urdu Language Pedagogy at Kean University
Kean University’s Master’s Degree Program in Hindi/Urdu Language Pedagogy will address the current lack of a strong infrastructure at national and state levels to support Hindi/Urdu teacher development and research in the area of Hindi/Urdu-specific second language pedagogy. The program is designed for cohorts of Hindi/Urdu Native/Advanced-Mid(or higher) speakers who reside in the U.S., possess a Bachelor’s Degree, and wish to teach Hindi/Urdu at the K-12/post-secondary level or to continue study and research on Second Language Acquisition and foreign language pedagogy at the graduate level.
- The Learning Experience
- Learning Tools
- Standard-Based Curriculum
- Learner Centered
- Target Language
- Integration of Culture, Content, Language
- Authentic Material
- Performance-Based Assessment