OER for Teacher Development
OER used in FL teacher training related to new instructional methods, language technology and current pedagogical research.
Tadriis: Arabic Teaching Methods Website
The Tadriis site is a multimedia online Arabic teacher training intended for Arabic teachers in the U.S. and abroad. It expands on COERLL’s Foreign Language Teaching Methods course by covering the latest in K-16 Arabic language pedagogy. With Tadriis, users can access video samples of teacher-student interactions in actual Arabic language classrooms, pedagogical demonstrations and teaching tips, samples of L2 Arabic language production, a glossary of key teaching terms, and suggestions for further reading. The entire site is presented in Arabic and available as a free online Open Educational Resource.
TELL Badges: Open Digital Badges for K-12 Professional Development
COERLL is developing a professional development badge system based on the TELL Framework ("Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning"). COERLL will assist the Austin Independent School District (AISD) to plan and offer professional development sessions for FL teachers to earn these badges. AISD teachers will acquire badges upon completion of established stages of growth within each TELL domain. Since the project will extend over a four-year span, teachers will be able to work on specific domains each year. Teachers will be able to document their growth by curating their badges using a virtual backpack and sharing their badges via social and professional networks.
The TELL Collab
The goal of the annual TELL Collab event will be to improve the professional development of FL K-12 teachers by giving FL teacher trainers and language supervisors a new model for in-service training. The conference will demonstrate how to create dynamic professional development opportunities for FL teachers. This two-day summer workshop will be based on the TELL Framework developed by the Partnership to Advance Learning. The TELL Collab is grounded in the belief that the professional development of FL in-service teachers must 1) be based on a teaching model described in the language of practicing teachers and 2) afford teachers more opportunities and guidance for putting new methods into practice.
Workshops and Webinars
COERLL hosts free and low-cost workshops and webinars throughout the year on various topics relevant to foreign language teaching, instructional design and technology, and Open Education. Some workshops are targeted to specific languages, while others are open to any language teacher.
A special workshop/webinar series will focus on heritage Spanish in collaboration with UT-Pan American and Texas State Technical College. The series will build on the work of the Spanish in Texas project, which profiles Spanish as it is spoken throughout Texas today and provides open learning tools that allow students, teachers, and the general public to explore Spanish language variation.