GU STARTALK 2023
GU STARTALK: Task-based Training for Critical Language Teachers, funded by a grant from the NSA, will train 25 K-16 teachers of critical languages (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian and Russian) in the summer of 2023.
The goal of this program is to provide teachers with training and experience in Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) (new window), including its grounding in second language acquisition (SLA) research, and how to leverage it to meet the needs of critical language learners. Teachers will first complete virtual pre-camp modules on tools, tips, and research-based practices for TBLT. They will hear from experts in the field of SLA through videos and webinars. Then, the in-person summer camp will provide a Teacher Learning Community via hands-on task and lesson planning, curricular sequencing and micro-teaching experiences, receiving individualized feedback from the leaders and instructors. After the camp, teachers will virtually pair with mentors to put their learning into practice through video and written reflections.