Student orientation by Dr. Kirk Belnap
Students of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish almost universally report that they want to reach “professional-level” proficiency. This is wishful thinking, of course, unless a student perseveres. This project entails:
1) on-line resources in the form of language learners’ success stories (especially those of working professionals), useful brief summaries of relevant research, and training webinars to help students deal with linguistic and culture shock and become effective self-regulating learners who proactively work to accomplish their goals.
2) research with stateside and abroad partners to document the effectiveness of these student training efforts.
This project is supported by an illustrious group of Second Language Acquisition experts and clinical psychologists experienced in working in cross-cultural communication contexts, including: Jennifer Bown, Andrew Cohen, Dan Dewey, Madeline Ehrman, Richard Schmidt, Patrick Steffan and Ema Ushioda.
Project Perseverance Outline (of what a student can do to become a more effective learner)
Implications of Brain Plasticity for Learners and Teachers of Arabic (an extract from our online STARTALK teacher training workshop)