This course is intended for teachers, program developers and administrators of Indigenous languages programs. It is designed for language educators to learn about second language program planning and assessment practices. This course will discuss the purposes and scope of language program planning and classroom assessment (assessment as, for and of learning). Students will be given the tools and practice program planning through developing yearly and monthly overviews based on the proficiency benchmarks of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students will also be taught strategies for creating assessment tools that will enhance learning for all students. This course will focus on developing ACTFL Can-Do statements, or student learning objectives, and how to do oral interviews and other types of assessment to gauge student progress. Several assessment methods will be presented which educators will be able to implement in their Indigenous language classrooms.
Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Michel
Chief Atahm School is a Secwepemc immersion school dedicated to the survival of our language, values and culture. We are committed to assisting other communities with their language journeys.