Frequently Asked Questions – STARTALK Portuguese Teacher Training Program

Yes. The returning participants are highly encouraged to apply. While the program is centered around the same set of STARTALK principles for effective language teaching, the program is structured differently, and allows participants to put their knowledge into practice at our STARTALK Portuguese summer camp for kids.
Yes. We are looking for people who participants who may or may not have any experience teaching Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, or Russian as a foreign language. However, we do expect participants to have a strong interest in pursuing a career in foreign language teaching.
The program is not residential, which means that we do not provide lodging for program participants.
Yes, the program covers the cost of lunches.
No. 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.
We will review all the applications submitted before the deadline and determine acceptance by May 24, 2019. There are 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
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. Priority will be given to teachers who are currently teaching/or preparing to teach students in secondary and post-secondary schools. The program will recruit teachers working at heritage schools, university programs that focus on second language acquisition, and K-12 private or public schools.
Yes, all participants will get the opportunity to teach during the STARTALK 2019 student program follow up sessions, for which they will be compensated through program funds. All participants will also be able to attend, at a subsidized rate, a series of teacher training workshops offered by the Southern Area International Language Network (SAILN), a wing of California World Language Project (CWLP). Furthermore, all participants will be provided information about institutions and organizations in their respective states that work on promoting the teaching of Portuguese and cultures related to the Portuguese language.

Points of Contact

Nadezda Novakovic, Portuguese Program Director

Cassia de Abreu, Program Co-director