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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