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ERIC Number: ED502921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 109
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7785-6141-5
School Administrator's Guide to Implementing Language Programming
Alberta Education
The "School Administrator's Guide to Implementing Language Programming" serves as a starting point to plan for and implement language programming. It provides a general overview; suggests practical strategies for working with students, parents, teachers and the surrounding community; and includes details on areas to address in selecting and implementing a language program. For more detailed information on your school authority's organization, policies and practices regarding language program implementation, please consult additional resources. This guide consists of eight chapters and eleven appendices that outline opportunities, considerations and challenges that may arise as you introduce and establish language programming in your school and community: (1) describes research findings and provides information about the roles of school authorities and administrators, supports available from Alberta Education and the challenge of program articulation; (2) examines the change process, outlines the stages of implementation planning, describes how to involve stakeholders and details criteria for selecting the language or languages best suited for your school and community; (3) discusses the administrator's role as an instructional leader, describes the process of selecting an instructional model and outlines support requirements; (4) addresses practical aspects of implementing a new language program, such as curriculum considerations, resource allocation, timetable design, selection of instructional materials and implementation strategies; (5) deals with the use of technology, such as digital resources, Web sites, software applications and technology-mediated communication, to support language programs; (6) provides information about monitoring the language program after implementation. It summarizes characteristics of successful language programs and includes suggestions for supervising instruction for intervention and support; (7) describes how to use hard an soft data to assess the success of the language program and levels of stakeholder support; and (8) discusses how to gauge the success of the implementation process and provides suggestions for how to make revisions. The appendices include a variety of practical tools, such as a glossary, planning templates, program evaluation forms, timetables and Web sites, which can be used for additional information and as language program support materials. Appended are: (1) Planning Templates; (2) Staffing and Professional Development; (3) Instructional Planning; (4) Sample Elementary and Junior High Timetables; (5) Generic Benchmarks for Grades 6, 9 and 12: International Language and Culture Nine-Year Programs; (6) Monitoring of Second Language Instruction; (7) Reflecting on Levels of Success; (8) Communicating about and Promoting Language Programs; (9) Tips for Parents; (10) Additional Information: Web References; and (11) Glossary of Terms Relating to Language Learning.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada