Teacher Training Program Overview
The Providence Day School (PDS) Chinese Teacher Program is a face-to-face non-residential 70 hour intensive teacher training program. It is designed as a comprehensive introduction to current research-backed practices in Chinese language teaching and Second Language Acquisition (including the 6 STARTALK Principles for effective language teaching) through practical, hands-on learning experiences.
Teacher participants will learn from a team of experienced world language teachers and teacher-trainers as well as work collaboratively with peers to experience, interpret, discuss and apply best practices in world language instruction. They will participate in a variety of activities designed to equip them with new tools to deliver more effective student-centered lessons in their classrooms.
As their final product in the teacher training program, each teacher will create a collection of culturally-rich, student-centered lesson plans and accompanying materials to take back to their yearlong classrooms.
Student Program Overview
The PDS STARTALK Student Program is a grant-funded (free to participants) face-to-face, non-residential 3-week, Chinese language program for rising 6th graders through rising college freshman in the greater Charlotte, N.C. area.
The program theme, "Student Life in Charlotte and Shanghai" will allow students to interact with their peers and teachers in a variety of familiar ways related to topics that are relevant to their day-to-day lives. Within this theme, students will explore and variety of aspects of school life in Shanghai for students their age, and will be able to reflect on their own experience here in Charlotte.
In addition to classroom experiences, the program will include a field trip in which students will be able to apply their new knowledge in multiple settings, experiencing Chinese culture right in their own backyards! On the final day, there will be a shared celebration of student learning where students will show off all of their new language and cultural knowledge to their parents, siblings and friends!