Evaluation of the California Subject Matter Project: California Foreign Language Project Case Study


This case study describes a partnership between the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP) at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). The partnership developed due to the confluence of the national need to increase the number of Mandarin speakers, a district’s desire to create a strong high school language program, and the CFLP’s expertise in language instruction. The CFLP and the district applied for a federal grant, STARTALK, which has funded the development and implementation of a multi-faceted program in response to these needs. This case study describes the needs addressed by the CFLP/PAUSD STARTALK program and the multi-faceted response designed by the CFLP.

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