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The Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project, an initiative of AdvanceLearning, is a collection of products and processes that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of world language teachers. TELL, which emanates from an understanding that student achievement is influenced more by an effective teacher than any other factor, attempts to synthesize work from the general education arena regarding those things that effective teachers do and make that information specific to the work of language teachers. The heart of the TELL Project is the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework, which is supported by the TELL Tools.
The Framework consists of 7 domains (Environment, Planning, The Learning Experience, Performance & Feedback, Learning Tools, Collaboration, Professionalism) designed to address a teacher’s need to Prepare for Student Learning, Advance Student Learning, and Support Student Learning.
The TELL Tools is a suite of resources that includes self-assessments, goal-setting forms, feedback tools, implementation scenarios, and more. Designed to offer support that facilitates language teachers’ professional growth, teachers can self-assess, peer-assess or work with administrators to identify their level of effectiveness and set goals for professional growth.
The mission of the TELL Project is to define what effective language teachers do and facilitate their growth to prepare for, advance and support language learning.
Preparing for Student Learning
Learning experiences must be carefully orchestrated by a teacher who builds relationships with students, works with them to create an environment in which they can flourish, and plans lessons that are standards-based and embed high-yield strategies. The TELL domains Environment and Planning address the characteristics and behaviors exhibited by a well-prepared teacher.
Advancing Student Learning
The use of high-yield teaching and assessment strategies supported by carefully-chosen resources helps ensure the advancement of student learning. TELL domains The Learning Experiene, Performance & Feedback, and Learning Tools show how an effective teacher can move students toward the attainment of lesson and unit objectives and ultimately lead students to become the architects of their own learning.
Supporting Student Learning
High quality student learning is the result of the efforts of many people. The domains of Collaboration and Professionalism show how effective teachers identify, involve and leverage the support of all stakeholders in the learning process, how their own professional preparation contributes to student success, and how they model life-long learning skills through their own professional growth.