STELLA Modules

To provide further support to STARTALK programs, STARTALK Central collaborated with the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project to develop a framework called the STARTALK TELL Alignment, or STELLA for short. Click the link below to access the TELL Project website.

Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project

Understanding that STARTALK programs need to provide general information about teaching principles as well as language-specific information, the STELLA modules offer guidance through practical activities that illustrate both the STARTALK principles and the practices identified by TELL as representing highly effective teachers.

In developing the STELLA modules, the STARTALK Teacher Development Task Force and Advisory Board members worked with each of the TELL domains and the supporting criteria to develop tasks that would support teacher development. Initially, the tasks were divided by experience levels, but the 2014 STELLA document simply lists tasks that are designed to allow teachers to develop increased understanding of a particular criteria while applying what is being learned. It is important to note that the activities in the modules are intended as suggestions for programs working with the instructional topics provided, and can be modified as the instructor wishes to suit the particular needs of the participants. Most modules also suggest resources that may prove helpful when working with particular concepts. Currently, the majority of these resources are web-based. STELLA remains a work in progress and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

STELLA Modules for Teacher Development:

All STELLA Domains (complete document)

Individual Domains:

Helpful Document:

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student
  • Teacher

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
  • Undergraduate

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Environment
  • Planning
  • The Learning Experience
  • Performance Feedback
  • Learning Tools
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism