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Leading Your World Language Program
Strategies for Design and Supervision, Even If You Don’t Speak the Language!

ISBN 9780367469344
Published October 15, 2020 by Routledge
208 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An essential resource for district, school, and program leaders who supervise, evaluate, or otherwise support World Language programs, this book provides clear, practical guidance on leading an exemplary K–12 World Language program. No matter whether you speak the language, the effective approaches in this book will equip you with the tools you need to implement and evaluate World Language curricula in your school. Catherine Ritz provides a clear and research-based framework for World Language instruction aligned to rigorous national and state standards, and addresses essential concepts and topics, including program and curriculum design, assessment and evaluation, and strategic planning.

Whether you are a World Language department chair with years of experience, a school administrator with no background in language education, or a World Language teacher, you will find much to use in this book. It is chock-full of ready-to-use resources and tools, including:

  • Templates for program and unit planning, observation protocols, and sample assessments
  • World LAnguage program models for different age ranges, and a sample curriculum unit
  • Additional resource lists and further reading recommendations.

Table of Contents

Meet the Author

Chapter 1: World Language Education: Values and Methods

Chapter 2: Talking the Talk: Essential Concepts in World Language Education

Chapter 3: Program Design: Building Blocks for an Exemplary World Language Program

Chapter 4: Curriculum Design: UbD Through a World Language Lens

Chapter 5: Assessments: Fueling a Cycle of Language Learning

Chapter 6: Evaluation When You Don’t Speak the Language

Chapter 7: Implementing Change: Developing Your Strategic Plan



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Catherine Ritz is Program Director for Modern Foreign Language Education and Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, USA.