Professional Learning Resources to Support STARTALK 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 Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning and Characteristics of Effective Language Lessons. Topics addressed include: “Teacher Target Language Use” “Student Target Language Use”, and “Learner Engagement.” The following resources support each instructional topic:

  1. video featuring classroom vignettes, as well as interviews with practicing STARTALK teachers and their students reflecting on the impact of the selected instructional topic
  2. an overview essay written by world language consultants Helena Curtain, Greg Duncan and Alyssa Villarreal providing an introduction to the instructional topic as well a connection to research
  3. an at-a-glance infographic providing visual representation as an overview to the instructional topics highlighting important features of the concept, sample strategies, helpful tips and more
  4. teacher presentation developed by a practicing veteran STARTALK teachers providing an explanation of the instructional topic as well as practical tips from the teacher’s classroom
  5. feedback form designed for teachers to use in order to determine the degree to which their work exemplifies the characteristics identified in the instructional topic
  6. processing guide designed to provide teachers with a self-moderated professional learning experience through deepening their understanding of the instructional topic
Performance Assessment

Conducting Performance Assessments

Learning Targets

Developing Learning Targets

Checking For Understanding

Checking for Understanding

Engaging Language Learners

Engaging Language Learners

Using the Target Language

Using the Target Language & Comprehensible Input

Empowering Students to Use the Target Language

Empowering Students to Use the Target Language

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaching Experience: 

  • Beginning
  • Experienced

Material Type(s): 

  • Instruction

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Environment
  • Planning
  • The Learning Experience
  • Learning Tools

STARTALK Principle(s): 

  • Learner Centered
  • Target Language
  • Performance-Based Assessment