Professionals in Education Advancing Research and Language Learning

identifying research-based characteristics of educator effectiveness for language learning
creating a professional learning infrastructure to develop effective language educators
measuring the impact of PD activities on educator effectiveness for language learning
disseminating information that supports effective language educators
PEARLL is a Title VI Language Resource Center at the
National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

What can PEARLL do for you?resources and services for world language educators

TELL Project

The Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project is a collection of products and processes that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of world language teachers.


A self-assessment tool and online portfolio (aligned with criteria identified in the TELL framework) providing educators opportunities to reflect on their teaching practices and chart their professional growth.

Video Library of
Effective Practices

A dynamic platform showcasing crowdsourced videos of high-quality instructional strategies.

Online Modules

A series of self-guided multimedia learning modules to help educators see links among the professional growth goals they have identified in Catalyst, the classroom library of practices, and other professional learning resources.


Models for face-to-face and virtual coaching of language educators, to provide support for teachers and instructors throughout the academic year.

Model Classroom

A network of K-12 classrooms and districts developed in collaboration with the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) that exemplify the application of TELL framework criteria and provide regional models that support language educators.

Community College

A network that develops support models for community college language instructors as they navigate a unique set of challenges.

& Podcast

Covering a variety of topics including language teaching principles, best practices for professional development, and research findings through regular newsletters and through the podcast We Teach Languages.

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  • On the Virtual Conference Path

    By Thomas Sauer Are you getting ready for a virtual conference? COVID has forced many if not all professional organizations to rethink their traditional conference format. There is much to like about virtual conferences, but similarly to what I shared in a blog post five (!) years ago, there are a few things to consider

    November 16, 2020
  • Cover Less, Learn More

    What is essential? A time of unprecedented change gives educators a chance to rethink what they do and why they do it. Paradigm shifts related to curriculum, instruction and assessment are needed now because our current reality has changed. Even under ideal circumstances, educators have always felt that there was never enough time to do

    October 13, 2020
  • Why “Motivating” Students Doesn’t Work

    Why would educators gather for a 3-day workshop on the topic of learner motivation? Frustration about consistently activating motivation in learners and at a loss for what to do next are feelings that all instructors have had at one point or another in their teaching journey. At heart, motivation is a system based on judgement, perception, and emotion. Student perceptions, mindsets, social status, prior experiences, and feelings of self-efficacy impact what is motivating and what is motivational.

    September 25, 2020