Core Offerings

Strand A: Foundational Level

Participants will learn, review, and practice teaching strategies linked to the three modes of communication: presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive. Participants will receive support in developing lesson plans incorporating the new California World Language Standards and the reviewed/learned strategies. Participants will be able to implement those lesson plans into their own instructional environment.

Strand B: Application Level

Participants will explore strategies and activities to plan a reading unit for flexible learning environments (Face-2-Face, Hybrid and/or Fully online). Participants will receive support in developing a reading unit around the new California World Languages Standards and Framework, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and the integration of technology, which will guide the development of the participants' reading unit. Participants will be able to implement Can Do Statements, to use backward lesson planning strategies, selecting authentic resources, to integrate technology into lessons, and how to create formative and summative assessment for their reading unit.

Strand C: Production Level

Strand C focuses on the effective classroom assessment of world language learners. Participants will review the basic assessment concepts and the concept of backward design through the lens of the new California World Languages Standards and Framework. Participants will learn how to search for, select, and use authentic materials to create cognitively engaging and age- and culturally- appropriate learning activities at all proficiency levels for each mode of communication. They will also learn how to integrate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational tasks to create meaningful summative assessments of the students’ ability to use the target language in real-world settings.

Strand D: Leadership

Leadership is an act of service to the profession. In this course, participants will delve into the philosophy and practices of leadership as it relates to personal growth. Participants will be challenged to think deeply about their role as a leader, regardless of the current position they hold. They will also be encouraged to take risks with their leadership abilities by pursuing actions and roles that create meaningful change in their context.

Strand E: Supporting English Language Learners

Strand E offers professional development for all teachers who do NOT teach world languages but have English Language Learners in their classes. The focus of the strand will be on the intellectual quality of instruction and meaningful access to grade level standards for all students. Participants will learn instructional strategies to support and scaffold learning in all subjects specifically for English Language Learners. At the end of the strand, participants will present a lesson, which they will have developed, using the new instructional strategies, and which they have implemented in their classroom.


Contact Information

Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard
Director, SAILN Project
Office Phone: (619) 594-0846