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!
  • Summer Residency Reflections

    When we think of the word “residency”, those of us with loved ones in the medical field immediately conjure up images of exhausted young doctors focused intensely on learning, with the work-life balance of a first year teacher. Another residency type is that of an artist at a museum: someone with specific skills who is there for a short period of time to produce art and promote their mission. I love this style of residency because it is grounded in high expectations and yet somehow offers breathing room for growth and inspiration. This also describes PEARLL’s new Educator in Residence program. Rather than relying on PEARLL staff to develop classroom oriented materials, they asked someone (me) with specific skills (world language teacher) for a short period of time (100 hours) to produce (content) and promote (the TELL Framework). And for this I am glad, because there was no way I was sacrificing my summer relaxation for anything less!

    August 31, 2022
  • 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