We are building on collaborations forged over many years to help solve the urgent problem of language teaching credentialing in California. The project area functions first within a California context, with team personnel also involved in convening a California Language Roadmap Summit (May 7, 2010, in San Diego).
Partners include the University of California Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching (Dr. Robert Blake), the California Foreign Language Project (Dr. Duarte Silva and Dr. Becky Sapien-Melchor), the California Language Teachers’ Association, the CSU Strategic Language Initiative, the CSU Foreign Language Council, and LARC. This collaboration extends to the Flagship Program and NSEP (National Security Education Program). LARC’s partners in the Language Roadmap support the co-creation of deliverables proposed in this section, namely, the creation and distribution of language specific modules to “globalize” a very widely used language methodology textbook with examples and summaries of chapters in the target languages, and specific subject matter teacher preparation materials for individual critical languages that will be used by candidates preparing to take state exams for credentialing.
LARC builds on the successes of a jointly funded pilot in Filipino (Tagalog) where a subject matter preparation course led to the credentialing of all 40 teachers of Filipino who subsequently took the test. Beginning with this content, we will first create full online versions of the subject matter preparation course modules in Filipino that will subsequently be adapted to other languages (Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Spanish). These modules will be completed by language teachers in the California system – in teams composed of both higher education and K-12 consultants.
Additionally, LARC’s K-16 team leader, Mr. Norman Léonard, is co-directing a Multi-language STARTALK Teacher Training seminar in summer 2011 for Pashtu/Dari, Persian and Turkish. Elements of these materials will be piloted in this teacher training seminar and will offer an additional and immediate jump start for the project. Specific program outcomes (course modules in methodology and content areas) are realizable through committed collaboration of stakeholders in California. Mr. Léonard as current President of the California Language Teachers’ Association will unite the profession around issues of credentialing and will encourage collaboration among campuses across California with the California Foreign Language Project. Success in California, the nation’s largest state, will lead to the formulation of credentialing and distributed education models for other states wishing to replicate the globalization/localization of methodology courses and language specific content areas (linguistics, history, culture, etc.) required by state boards of teacher credentialing. The LRC at Iowa State University will review our materials and cross-list them where appropriate.
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