The Immersion Teaching Strategies Observation Checklist was created collaboratively by practicing immersion teachers during a summer institute at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. It was subsequently published in the November 2000 issue of the American Council on Immersion Education (ACIE) Newsletter.
The checklist can be used by pre-service teachers to focus their observation of a practicing immersion teacher, by in-service teachers who are in a peer mentoring relationship or want to assess their own videotaped lesson, or by administrators who are observing classroom room practices.
Seven areas of effective immersion teaching are defined, although anyone who is observing in an immersion classroom should note that all areas will not be present in every lesson or on every day:
Integrating language, content, and culture
Attending to language growth
Making input comprehensible
Creating a rich second language learning environment
Using effective teacher talk
Promoting extended student output
Attending to diverse learners' needs
Go to the ACIE archives to see the checklist.