Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The Journey to Become a Standards-Based World Language Teacher documents the experiences of a group of Chinese language teachers. The featured teachers focus on how they implement the standards in their teaching practice, and their presentations cover these topics: Instruction in a Meaningful Context; Building a Learning Community for Heritage Language Learners; and Using a Broad Repertoire of Strategies and Tasks. They highlight the importance of using the target language, backwards design, knowing your students, using technology, and engaging students to use the language in meaningful ways.
The teachers share the stories of their journeys to become professionals. Each has a different story to tell about his or her journey. Each is guided by his or her own language learning experiences as a foreign, second, or heritage language learner. Some always knew they wanted to teach; some entered the profession after changing careers. They were educated in China, Taiwan, and the United States. Most of them have participated in STARTALK teacher programs as novice and mentor teachers, or both. You’ll hear what they’ve learned through their studies and teaching practice, and they’ll offer advice to those who want to enter the profession.
- Standard-Based Curriculum