For the seventh year running, Dr. Laura Franklin, Alexandria professor of French and NOVASTARTALK project director, has successfully run a number of workshops for teachers of less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Hindi. Held at the Arlington Center, the workshops provide teachers with technology training that helps them prepare lessons and impart knowledge to world language students from elementary school through higher education. By the end of the workshops, teachers are able to prepare videos, websites, blogs and other technology-enhanced teaching materials that assist them in instructing their students. In addition, the interaction of teachers from varied backgrounds and geographic locations creates a vibrant atmosphere that enhances their learning.
NOVA faculty and staff involved in presenting this program include Takako Shigehisa, Angela Gunder and Shaoyu Chi.
NOVASTARTALK is funded by the STARTALK Program, a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering K–16 students and teachers creative and engaging summer experiences. The experiences strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.
Franklin credits Deborah Rosen with providing her with the technical assistance and expertise in grants management that have helped her make this program a nationwide model of world language instruction.
For more information on the NOVASTARTALK program, go to http://novastartalk.nvcc.edu/.