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STARTALK Discover Russian Summer Teacher Program, Glastonbury Public Schools (CT) and Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

The STARTALK Discover Russian Summer Teacher Program is a two-weekprofessional development program focused on quality instruction, curriculumand assessments for Russian Programs, and is available to current teachersof Russian and those interested in teaching Russian.

The Discover Russian program dates are: July 5 – 15, 2011, in Fairfax, VA,and July 18 – 29, 2011, in Glastonbury, CT.

This program is sponsored by The American Council on the Teaching of ForeignLanguages (ACTFL) and STARTALK in cooperation with Glastonbury Public Schools (CT) and Fairfax County Public Schools (VA).

There is no cost to teachers selected for this program. Each teacher willreceive a $400 travel stipend after successful program completion. Limitedhousing is available for teachers who reside outside the local area.Graduate credits are available.
The application deadline for this program is April 15, 2011.   Apply now.

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STARTALK Russian Teacher Program: Second Language and Immersion Methodologies, Concordia Language Villages

Concordia Language Villages is pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from STARTALK to offer a 4-credit graduate course in Second Language and Immersion Methodologies at the Russian Language Village.

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for  STARTALK RUSSIAN TEACHERS Grades K- 16

Dates:  June 23 – July 9, 2011
Location:  Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota

Application:  Attached

Description:  The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this four-credit graduate level course.  A residential program designed for K-16 teachers of Russian, the participants will enhance their understanding of best practices in teaching Russian through participation in language learning groups and activities at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages.  Active participation in the Russian Language Village program will be accompanied by class discussions about the methods observed and current research onsecond language acquisition.  Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action at Lesnoe Ozero will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy.  The use of music to teach Russian will be highlighted in the program with discussions facilitated by guest presenter, Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson.   Because of the building configuration of the Russian Language Village, participants will be able to live on-site for this experience, participating in the daily schedule as observers and co-leaders of activities as appropriate.  They will also have their own classes to discuss professional readings, share observations, and prepare materials for use at Russian Language Village and in their classrooms.  The program director is Lara Ravitch, Dean of the Russian Language Village.  She will also serve as an instructor, specializing in content-based instruction.  Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Director of Russian Studies and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, will be a guest presenter.  Donna Clementi, Director of Education and Research at Concordia Language Villages, will be the lead instructor.  Four graduate credits will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Program costs:
$1680  Tuition for the four-credit graduate course ($420/graduate credit)
$640    Housing and all meals at the Russian Language Village

Full scholarships in the amount of $2310 are available to participants through the STARTALK program.  In addition, each participant will receive up to $300 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

STARTALK scholarships are available to applicants who are selected to participate in the program.  Selection is based on response to the question about motivation for applying to the STARTALK program, and current/future teaching situation.

Please contact Donna Clementi if you have any questions.

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Heritage Language Teacher Workshop, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA, Application Deadline May 1

National Heritage Language Resource Center 2011 Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
Dates: July 17-22, 2011 Application Deadline: May 1, 2011

Do you have students in your K-16 language classroom or community school who are home speakers of the language you are teaching, i.e. heritage learners? Consider applying for a one-week workshop in July that targets this population. You’ll have a chance to collaborate with teachers from Los Angeles and across the country as you learn to design your own curriculum for classes with heritage students as well as those with both heritage and second language learners. The workshop will also address topics such as selecting appropriate materials and assessment tools for heritage learners. Workshop faculty are experts in both heritage language teaching and bridging the gap between theory and practice, making for a dynamic learning environment.

The workshop’s goals are to:
1. Understand the differences and similarities between L2 and HL teaching, including assessment
2. Set goals for HL instruction that differ from objectives for L2 programs
3. Design a curriculum that takes students’ initial proficiencies into account.
4. Incorporate knowledge of the community including use of demographic tools in curricular design and materials development.
5. Incorporate National Foreign Language Standards and California Standards for World Languages into teaching.

There is no charge for this workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel & accommodations for out-of-state participants. Please visit the NHLRC website ( for more information and to apply.

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2011 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program at Moscow State University, Deadline March 1

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for the 2011 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program at Moscow State University. Between fifteen and twenty finalists will be selected to receive program funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Fulbright-Hays Act. All program expenses (less an initial program deposit and domestic travel to and from Washington, D.C.) will be paid for these participants.

Applications for the Summer 2011 program are due March 1st. Interested applicants can find the online application here:

This is a six-week program in Russian language, culture, and foreign language pedagogy for teachers or teachers-in-training. Applicants must be either graduate students preparing for a career in Russian-language education or current teachers of Russian at the university, secondary school, or elementary school level. Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Fellowships typically provide:
*Full tuition for six weeks of study at Moscow State University;
*Housing in Moscow State dormitory;
*Roundtrip, international airfare from Washington, D.C. to Moscow;
*Pre-departure orientation in Washington. D.C.;
*Russian visa;
*Living stipend;
*Medical insurance; and
*Ten graduate hours of credit from Bryn Mawr College.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

An online application is available here:

For more information, contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Suite 1200

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2011 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes

2011 Summer Institutes

Summer Institute

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its 2011 Summer Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. The five-day institutes will provide educators with the tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into classroom teaching.

In the institutes, Library of Congress education specialists will instruct participants in the best practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom, while helping them explore some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library’s Web site. All sessions will expose participants to a wide variety of primary sources from the Library’s collections. Session 4, July 11-15, 2011, will focus specifically on the use of Civil War primary sources. Participants will be able to work with teachers from around the country to explore methods for effectively integrating primary sources into classroom activities.

After participating in the Summer Teacher Institutes, participants will:

  • Know how to access primary sources from the Library of Congress.
  • Become skilled at analyzing primary sources of different formats.
  • Learn various teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom.
  • Be able to successfully facilitate a primary source-based activity with students.
  • Gain knowledge of how to use primary sources to enable students to be engaged, think critically and construct knowledge.
  • Develop a Primary Source Project Plan that will be implemented in the participant’s instructional setting.

As follow up to the Summer Teacher Institutes, participants will:

  • Continue work on their Primary Source Project and share their results with Library staff.
  • Implement a Primary Source Project Plan in the participant’s instructional setting.
  • Have the option of obtaining 3 graduate credits (for a fee) from George Mason University for completing all Summer Teacher Institute requirements.

Sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Session 1 – May 23-27, 2011
  • Session 2 – June 6-10, 2011
  • Session 3 – June 13-17, 2011
  • Session 4 – July 11-15, 2011 (Civil War Focus)*
  • Session 5 – July 18-22, 2011
  • Session 6 – August 1-5, 2011
  • Session 7 – August 8-12, 2011

Application Deadline: February 4, 2011

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