[HW] 3.3 Introduction to Creating an Assessment Unit for Synchronous Learning Plan

The main project for this module is to create a synchronous learning experience to teach a cross-language peer, who is a NOVICE learners with little-no experience with your target language! You are encouraged to use the same theme and modify the tasks in your asynchronous microteaching for this synchronous microteaching. Once you refine your theme and performance tasks, you will create three can-do statements to integrate all modes of communication into a cohesive lesson plan. 

For the purposes of our course program’s microteaching experiences, we will modify the standard IPA unit plan, which you will see in the next session, to align with STARTALK Learning Plan Template. Later in the Module, in Topic 3.7, you will use Penny Causarano’s IPA Learning Plan on World Expo as an example to create your own learning plan in STARTALK CREATE.

I. Examples of Standard IPA Unit Plan 

The following examples are standard IPA for Novice level. These units can be adapted for other languages and levels.  

 A standard IPA unit plan consists of three main components:

  • goals of 5Cs, 
  • tasks in 3 modes of communication, 
  • rubrics/checklists
ArabicWelcome to the Arab World
ChineseWhat is a Family? 
ESLWhat Makes My Family Special?

Resources: https://carla.umn.edu/assessment/vac/CreateUnit/unit_examples.html 

Please note that these are examples of a complete unit. For our microteaching practice, we only develop one teaching episode. Therefore, we will modify our IPA plan as you have seen in Penny Causarano’s IPA Learning Plan on World Expo. 

Modified IPA Components:

  • Select one can-do statement for interpretive listening
  • Select one can-do statement for interpretive reading
  • Select one can-do statement for an interpersonal speaking task. 
  • Select one can-do statement for an off-line  presentational speaking or writing task using Edpuzzle
  • *rubric/checklists is NOT required for this level

II. Preparation for Synchronous Teaching

Now that you have a deeper understanding of performance assessment, you are ready to refine and modify the asynchronous learning plan that you created in Module 2. Next, you will create an Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) unit with step-by-step guidance. You will use this IPA unit as a backward design plan for the second microteaching experience, which is up to  15-minute, for your own language course for novice learners. 

By the end of this module, you will teach this episode to a cross-language peer by Sunday, June 27. You will receive feedback from your partner and the program staff.

In this portion of the module, you will a) reach out to your designated cross-language partner to schedule a synchronous teaching experience; b) familiarize Zoom functionality; c) refine your learning plan (in StarTalk Create) so that it is ready to teach during the first microteaching experience

Please read the following guidelines carefully so that you can coordinate accordingly.

III. Tech Preparation: 

To get ready, you will want to do the following:

i) i) You will find your partner in this sheet. You can initiate communication with your partner via email, inbox in E-Learning, and/or Remind. Let our structural team know if you do not hear from your partner by Thursday, June 24. Connect with your assigned cross-language partner right away to set up a day and time for both of you by before the due date, Sunday, June 27. You need approximately one-hour meeting time for both of you to complete your peer teaching experiences. 

ii) Create a free Zoom account if you haven’t already done so. Each of you will use your own account to deliver your own lesson.

iii) Each participant will schedule a minimum of 20-minute meeting period using your Zoom account (tutorial). Share your meeting invite with your partner (tutorial). 

iv) Practice to familiarize Zoom functionality, such as audio and video set-up, sharing screen or content, annotation, recording, and etc prior to your microteaching. You are welcome to schedule a training session with our technical support, Nabeeha Aleem. You may also attend any language specialist’s office hours to do more practices. 

Activity Details

Submit your assignment here to indicate how you collaborate with your partner, or if you haven’t heard from your partner.

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