About the Program
The STARTALK Texas Teacher Program At The University of Houston
The Chinese Studies Program,
MCL, CLASS, UH
StarTalk is a federal grant from the National Security Language Initiative.
Dates: July 8-19 (8:30-3:30) 2013, plus follow-up sessions, Oct. 12 and Nov. 2 (9:00-1:30) 2013.
Location: University of Houston, Main Campus.
Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2013. Only 20 seats are available.
Along with other application materials, applicants should include a one-page essay in English, that describes:
- What do you hope to achieve by the end of the program?
- What project do you plan to develop to share with other teachers. The projects may include a standards-based curriculum design with theme-based units, daily lesson plans, curriculum materials tailored to their own students, or a course syllabus with instructional and assessment samples.
Who can participate?
- Participants must hold an undergraduate degree. A copy of your last degree transcript must submitted together with your application
- Teachers of Chinese in K-12 public and private schools, community colleges, and Chinese heritage schools in Texas.
- Out-of-state teachers who pay for their own transportation to Houston and a partial of the room cost are also welcome to apply.
What is the cost?
- Zero for participants who fulfill the course requirements and successfully complete the entire program. Scholarships are offered to cover tuition & fees, instructional materials, and part of the housing cost for non-local participants.
- The registration fee ($200) is due after being accepted to the program. The fee, however, will be refunded to the participants upon successful completion of the entire program.
- The participants will receive a certificate for their successful completion of the entire program.
What is the program?
- A 3-credit graduate course (CHNS 6398: Issues in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) may be applied towards the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program leading to Texas teacher certification in Chinese, teacher certificate renewal, or the Master of Arts in teaching Chinese as a second language.
- Participants will work on curriculum design, materials, and instructional development during the program. Participants will develop an understanding of the nature and process of learning Chinese as a foreign language, identify critical issues in Chinese foreign language pedagogy, and enhance their ability to develop appropriate teaching plans and materials.
- Each participant will develop a program project based on his/her teaching needs, implement the project when returning to school in fall, evaluate it in actual teaching, and report the results to the class in follow-up sessions.
- There is an online post-program center that uses materials created by the participants, which include standards-based curriculum with theme-based units, daily lesson plans, curriculum materials tailored to particular student groups, and the course syllabus with instructional and assessment samples, videos, presentations, teaching points and cultural resources.
- This intensive program consists of 70 contact hours during the period of July 9 – July 20, and follow-up sessions on Oct.12, Nov. 2, 2013.
What is the curriculum?
- Conceptualize the National Standards; apply the standards to theme-/content-based curriculum design and learner-centered instruction. See the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Use the national standards and teaching principles to evaluate sample teaching plans and curriculum materials.
- Discuss Chinese vocabulary instruction: from theories to methodology, through analysis of critical issues such as learning processes and interactive learning.
- Examine Pedagogical Grammar in the areas of tones, sentence structures, pragmatics and culture.
- Backward design: application of the theories to CFL curriculum and instruction. Microteaching: Develop curriculum and/or instructional projects for your students.
- Techniques for differentiated instruction to accommodate different needs of learners.
- Conduct performance-based assessments with a focus on "what students can do with language" rather than "what they know about language."
What are the program activities?
- Through lectures, observations, hands-on activities, presentations, and collaborative learning, participants construct their knowledge in a learner-centered environment, and develop their capacity to become master teachers.
- The participants will first evaluate existing curriculum materials and instructional plans, and report their assessments.
- They will then design a standards-based curriculum with theme-based units, including daily lesson plans, curriculum materials tailored to their own students, or the course syllabus with instructional and assessment samples.
- The projects will include curriculum goals for theme units, objectives for each lesson, and instructional focus for each class activity, with formative / summative assessments integrated throughout the process.
- The projects developed will be learner-centered and task-based, helping students develop communicative competence, cognitive skills, and learning strategies.