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.

We love learning with teachers!
  • WTL – Episode 146

    In this episode, four language educators discuss how to create positive relationship with students in online and hybrid environments.

    August 13, 2021
  • WTL – Episode 145

    In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Madison and Dr. Nelson Flores discuss the intersections of language and race in a bilingual education context.

    August 13, 2021
  • Rejuvenation, Reflection and Anticipation

    In 1990 Ellen Moir described six emotional phases that new teachers go through: anticipation, survival, disillusionment, rejuvenation, reflection, and anticipation. It seems likely that these are actually emotional phases that all teachers go through each year to varying degrees. It’s impossible to characterize the past school year as a typical one and therefore unlikely that all educators experienced each phase in the same way or to the same degree.

    July 2, 2021