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ACTFL/CLASS StarTalk Program. Summer 2007 Connecticut. Developers and. Marty Abbott, ACTFL Director of Education Carol Chen-Lin, Director of Choate Rosemary Hall Program Janice Dowd, Project Director Yu-Lan Lin, Executive Director of CLASS

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actfl class startalk program

ACTFL/CLASS StarTalk Program

Summer 2007

Connecticut

developers and
Developers and
  • Marty Abbott, ACTFL Director of Education
  • Carol Chen-Lin, Director of Choate Rosemary Hall Program
  • Janice Dowd, Project Director
  • Yu-Lan Lin, Executive Director of CLASS
  • Yuanchao Meng, Coordinator of Summer Choate Rosemary Hall Program
  • Rita Oleksak, Glastonbury Director of Foreign Languages
teacher program 2007
Teacher Program 2007
  • Two groups
    • July 5 – 13
    • July 15 – 26
  • Training
    • Standards
    • ACTFL Performance Guidelines
    • MOPI
    • Strategies for using the target language
    • Practice teaching with Glastonbury High School students
student program 2007
Student program 2007
  • Classes at Choate Rosemary Hall and Glastonbury High School (a half hour distance between schools)
  • Choate Rosemary Hall: 4 classes (two beginner, one intermediate, one advanced)
  • Glastonbury: 3 classes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
opportunities for continuation of study for teachers
Opportunities for continuation of study for teachers
  • Many teachers expressed the desire to return the next year to learn more.
  • In 2008, we would like to provide them with
    • A deeper understanding of the Standards and standards-based lessons, focusing on the three modes of communication
    • Concrete uses of technology
    • Hands-on teaching and observation of other teachers
    • A practicum experience
    • Assessment and rubrics
opportunities for continuation of study for teachers1
Opportunities for continuation of study for teachers
  • Teachers also created their own opportunities. They networked and still send emails asking for advice or giving advice (copying many of the program organizers).
  • Teachers comment in emails on reading and re-reading materials given to them.
opportunities for continuation of study for students
Opportunities for continuation of study for students
  • Many students were going to continue their study at their respective schools.
  • Many students wanted to come back the next year.
  • Students continued to correspond with the teacher in Chinese after the program ended.
staffing challenges
Staffing Challenges
  • Many teachers return to China over the summer. Finding staff at times was difficult for teacher training and for teaching students; employed some graduate students.
  • Other teacher trainers and teachers are involved in overseas projects.
  • Need to train more leaders in Chinese language pedagogy
level of language acquisition
Level of language acquisition
  • Mixture of levels among teachers
    • Some spoke English fluently; some were still working on oral skills
    • Some still working on their writing skills
    • All non-native Chinese speakers were advanced—they participated in the MOPI training and were interviewed during the weekend course
    • Great environment for non-native speakers to improve their Chinese—they were immersed in the language
level of language acquisition1
Level of language acquisition
  • Student levels
    • Beginners
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
    • Heritage speakers
    • Student assistants
  • The first few days of class, some students changed level
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