World Languages Webinar
December 2008
Robert Crawford
Coordinator, World Languages
West Virginia Department of Education
[email protected]
Agenda
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Program Showcase
Program Updates
Pilot Opportunities
Upcoming Professional Development
Opportunities
• Student Opportunities
• County Announcements
College Board Chinese Guest
Teacher Program
China Initiative
• State Superintendent
Steve Paine joins
College Board trip to
China
• 21st Century Skills
Initiative committed
to World Language
education and global
awareness
Successes
• Eight districts in West Virginia currently host
College Board Visiting Chinese Teachers (Barbour,
Harrison, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Monongalia,
Putnam and Wood)
• Cultural ambassadors that have generated
awareness of China and Asia
• Diversity of language offerings
• Reciprocal sharing of culture, education and belief
systems
• Connecting to the global world
2008/2009 College Board Teachers
Benefits of the China Guest Teacher
Program
• Chinese language program can be launched with
minimal initial investment
• Similar programs in other states
• Students can learn authentic Chinese language
and interact with native-Chinese speaker
• Teacher can serve as a cultural resource in other
subjects
• School can build pipeline to AP Chinese classes
About the Chinese Teachers
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Teaching certificate in China
Speak Standard Mandarin
Bachelor’s degree (or higher)
Three or more years teaching experience
Selected through rigorous screening process
Travel with J-1 visa
May work up to 3 years
Host Institution Responsibilities
(2006-2008)
• Sign contract with the College Board
• Pay administrative fee of $2,000 (cover visa
processing etc.)
• Provide housing (school facilities, rented
apartment, homestay)
• Provide local transportation
• Provide mentoring and access to regular
professional development opportunities
• Verify intent to continue Chinese program by
hiring a full-time teacher
Host Institutions Responsibilities
(Potential 2009 Updates)
• Visa sponsor policy change
• Potential of increased funding required by
districts
• Decrease in the number of basics and amenities
required from districts
Application Process
• Notification of interest to WVDE by Friday,
January 16, 2009
• Application must be submitted to WVDE by
Friday, January 30, 2009
• WVDE will review applications, provide
technical assistance, make recommendations &
submit to College Board.
http://wvconnections.k12.wv.us/
Selection Criteria- Making the Case!
• General College Board selection criteria:
▫ Potential for consistent or expanding student
enrollment in a Chinese language course
▫ Evidence of program support
▫ Teaching Assignment
▫ Ability to serve as model for other districts/schools
Questions?
Program Updates
• Instructional Materials Adoption
▫ Materials were approved by the West Virginia
Board Of Education
https://wveis.k12.wv.us/nclb/Materials/public/
▫ RESA Caravan
February 10 - RESA III
February 11 - RESA V
February 14 - RESA I
February 16 - RESA VII
February 19 - RESA IV
Upcoming Pilot Projects
• Middle School
LinguaPod Program
• Piloting in the 2nd
quarter of spring 09
• Application
▫ Deadline: January 9
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http://wvconnections.k12.wv.us/linguapod.html
Upcoming Professional Development
Opportunities
• E-Learns World Language Course
▫ Start Date: March 11
▫ Registration Opens: February 1
▫ http://wvde.state.wv.us/pd/elearning/
• WVFLTA call for proposals
▫ Deadline: January 31
▫ Access proposal http://wvconnections.k12.wv.us/
Student Opportunities
ACTFL student podcast contest
Will celebrate Discover Languages month during
February 2009. For specific contest rules, go to
www.DiscoverLanguages.org or
http://www.actflvideocontest.org/
Announcements & Questions
• County Announcements
• Questions ?
• Next Webinar: March 2009
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World Languages Webinar Spring 2008