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1 STARTALK Principles in Curriculum Design and Implementation: Best Practices

2 Infrastructure for 2007 34 programs in 21 states and DC

3 Major Lessons Learned: 2007 Both Student and Teacher Programs need –More guidance in planning and implementation –More effective teacher training and monitoring –More guidance on integrating culture into their curricula –Better ways to measure program outcomes

4 Advisory Board Recommendations Develop and provide –Curriculum frameworks –Common assessment tools

5 STARTALK Program Design Principles –Backward design –Standards-based –Thematic units

6 Infrastructure for 2008 81 Programs in 32 States and DC

7 Feedback 2008 –74% found them useful –Limited Creativity and Flexibility –Unsuited to some program models 2009 –90% acceptance rate –Request for tailored templates

8 STARTALK: Focus on Best Practices A.Backward Design B.Standards-based Curriculum C.Instruction

9 Stages of Backward Design: 1.Identify desired results 2.Determine acceptable evidence of learning Then and only then- 3. Plan learning experiences & instruction

10 Curriculum and Backward Design Purposes What students should know What students should be able to do What would it look like?

11 Curriculum: From Standards to the Classroom Standards Curriculum Framework or Blueprint Curriculum Framework or Blueprint Curriculum Outcomes Assessments Curriculum Outcomes Assessments Units Daily Lesson Plans Daily Lesson Plans

12 STARTALK Curriculum Template: Major Elements Program Theme and Subthemes Standards Targeted and Expected Outcomes Specific Knowledge and Skills End of Program Performance Tasks Other Assessment and Evidence of Learning Instructional Strategies Materials and Resources Technology

13 1. Identify Desired Results Choose a Program Theme and Unit Themes Establish Goals for the Program from the National Standards Identify Can-Dos for each unit of your program Identify Content Knowledge and Skills that align with your theme

14 Some examples of themes Ready to Travel A Healthy Lifestyle Getting Acquainted Global Citizenship Consumerism

15 Some Examples of Sub-Themes A Healthy Lifestyle, Choosing Healthy Foods Sports and Activities Ready to Travel Getting around town Meeting people

16 What is evidence of student learning? Designing Assessments

17 listen with visuals fill in graphs, charts, forms, graphic organizers, venn diagrams follow a route on a map check-off items in a list draw what is described put sentences in correct order listen for the gistidentify main idea guess meaning from context identify/categorize/classify thematic vocabulary identify/categorize/classify authentic material create questions from info in the piece identify specific information found in the piece compose a title or headline paraphrase in native language/target language brainstorm and categorize synonyms Sample Interpretive tasks

18 Interpersonal Mode Interpersonal mode tasks are two-way, spontaneous exchanges that involve negotiation of meaning between people. These tasks are unrehearsed, unrefined, non- scripted. May be based on information acquired in the interpretive mode. Memorized material such as a skit is NOT an interpersonal mode task.

19 Making a purchase Meeting and Greeting Ordering in a restaurant Asking directions Face to face or telephone conversations Talking about friends and family Discussing events of the day Making plans Negotiating who does what, gets what, with who, how, and where Sample Interpersonal Personal Tasks

20 Presentational Tasks Presentational mode tasks allow learners time to rehearse, revise, rewrite, consult sources, or otherwise prepare ahead of time. These tasks require learners to use the language for a real world purpose other than display for the teacher or classroom. Presentational mode tasks allow learners to use language in new and different contexts.

21 Sample Presentational tasks Brochure or Itinerary Letter Web pages (Facebook/myspace page) Video or Podcasts Advertisement Agenda, Schedule or Plan of the day, week New beginning or ending of story, song Demonstration TV or Radio spot Design a survey and present findings Public Service Announcement or Infomercial Essays, Plays Poem, Song, Rap PhotoStory, VoiceThread

22 Sample Presentational tasks Brochure or Itinerary Letter Web pages (Facebook/myspace page) Video or Podcasts Advertisement Agenda, Schedule or Plan of the day, week New beginning or ending of story, song Demonstration TV or Radio spot Design a survey and present findings Public Service Announcement or Infomercial Essays, Plays Poem, Song, Rap PhotoStory, VoiceThread

23 Curriculum Template: Major Elements Program Theme and Subthemes Standards Targeted and Expected Outcomes Specific Knowledge and Skills End of Program Performance Tasks Other Assessment and Evidence of Learning Instructional Strategies Materials and Resources Technology

24 Best Practices in Instruction 1.Use of target language 2.Student centered learning 3.Meaningful interaction 4.Integration of language, culture, and content 5.Differentiation Examples?

25 REFLECTIONS Reflections from STARTALK Project Directors Your reflections: questions, thoughts …


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