Welcome to Georgetown STARTALK!
2022-2024 Program Information
The Georgetown STARTALK: Task-based Training for Critical Language Teachers program will train 25 K-16 teachers of critical languages (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian and Russian) located in (or willing to travel to) the DMV region (Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia).
This program includes a week-long, in-person instructional camp on Georgetown University’s campus. Together, the online components and the in-person camp total 120 instructional professional development hours.
The goal of this program is to provide teachers with training and experience in Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT), 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.