FAQs – STARTALK Teacher Training Program

Yes. The returning participants are highly encouraged to apply.
Yes. We accept applications from teachers who have acquired language teaching experience in a variety of contexts, including at an after-school program, at an accredited heritage/community school, in community colleges, or while teaching other languages.
Yes. The program supports up to four (4) applicants from outside of San Diego. For these participants, the program covers the cost of travel (up to $300) and lodging.
Yes, the program covers the cost of lunches.
The cost of the program (tuition, facilities, materials, etc.) is covered by the federal STARTALK grant which allows us to offer it free of cost to our participants. If you would like professional development credit, you will pay $144
We will review all the applications submitted before the deadline and determine acceptance during the week of April 20, 2020. There is only a limited number of spots; therefore it is highly recommended to apply early. Other details, pertinent only to those who are accepted, will be mailed out once they are accepted. This includes: orientation information, daily schedule details, graduation ceremony information, etc. All selected applicants will have until May 1, 2020 to confirm their participation. Non-local applicants will have to send the copy of their purchased ticket as a confirmation of their participation.
Participants’ qualifications will be assessed through a review of applications, interviews, reference checking, and administration of a questionnaire relevant to best practices in teaching and learning pedagogies of world languages.
Yes. The program is followed by an online submission of a lesson the participants will implement in Fall 2020, and a two-day (9 hours) follow-up workshop in person in January. Furthermore, all participants will be provided information about institutions and organizations in their respective states that work on promoting the teaching of world languages and cultures.

Point of Contact

Shahnaz Ahmadeian
Nadezda Novakovic
STARTALK Program Directors
Email: larcsdsu.startalk@gmail.com
Phone: 619-594-0846

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