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Transitioning to Teaching Language Online

This STARTALK program is for K-16 teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 3-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of being an online learner. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language course. By the end of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements (optional graduate credits available for a fee - see below).

Applications are now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest in our program!

Who should apply

This program is open to K-16 critical language teachers (only Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu) who teach those languages in the United States. Applicants should be experienced classroom teachers who instruct using a student-centered, proficiency-based, communication-oriented methodology. Teachers who have taught in, or attended, a previous STARTALK course on methodology or technology are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Dates

Application due by: Applications are now CLOSED.
          Please email us (startalk.ttlo@gmail.com) if you are interested for 2016.
Acceptance notification by: May 11, 2015
Course dates: June 8-June 28, 2015

Course format and technology requirements

This course is an intense 3-week course, delivered entirely online through an online course management system. The course is mostly asynchronous, but there will be one synchronous meeting daily with your small group, and partner activities that are at self-arranged times. You should expect to spend approximately 4-8 hours daily on this course.

You will need an internet connection with a good, reliable connection in order to watch and create videos online. You will need a headset with microphone and a webcam for your computer in order to participate fully in the course. All of the applications we use online will be free or demonstration sites to try out activities.

Time Commitment

This intensive 3-week course will take 4-8 hours daily for three weeks. Do not plan to attend or teach anything else in addition to this course!


There is no cost for course registration to teachers selected for the program, but participants will need to purchase a book or two for the course. As the course is completely online, there are no costs for transportation or housing!

Optional Graduate Credit Available

Cost: For those not enrolled in degree programs at the University of Minnesota, the tuition cost is $631 per credit ($1262) for this 2-credit course, PLUS approximately $100 in registration fees for two credits. You can find a chart of tuition and fees for non-degree-seeking students or refer to the University's OneStop website for more complete information. Cost for those who are University of Minnesota students will be based on your status at the University.

Process for credit: Registration for credit will take place in June, just prior to the beginning of the STARTALK program. You will be billed the cost of University tuition and fees by the University of Minnesota Registrar’s Office in July. Your bill will be due in full by the end of July.

How to Apply

Applications are now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest in our program!

Questions? Please contact us at startalk.ttlo@gmail.com



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