STARTALK Teacher Academy
BU Wheelock STARTALK Teacher Academy, 2021
Registration is now closed.
- Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish
- Fully online
- June 1 – June 30, 2021
- PDPs offered
- Cost: free
- Graduate Credit option (4 credits) (Please register first for the STARTALK Academy, and then register for the course SED WL 513 through BU Summer Term, cost $2,920)
The BU Wheelock STARTALK Teacher Academy is a fully virtual program that supports teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish in developing and demonstrating their ability to teach in the target language with comprehensible input and facilitate learner interactions in their classrooms. This 5-week program begins with a self-evaluation through the CATALYST platform and individual goal setting. During the program, participants build deep understandings, watch and critique model lessons, develop their own tasks and lesson plans, work collaboratively in peer groups, and participate in weekly “Live Sessions” where they interact with the Instructional Team, experts in the field, and each other to provide feedback and support. Participants will demonstrate their application of teaching in the target language with comprehensible input and facilitating learner interactions through a series of micro-teachings, working with both similar-language and mixed-language groups. Participants are supported by the Instructional Team through coaching and feedback. Participants additionally receive guidance on securing or advancing their teaching license in Massachusetts, may enroll in optional graduate credits at BU Wheelock, and have the opportunity to receive extended support through the fall when additional Live Sessions will allow participants to share lessons and receive feedback using a Lesson Study format.