Welcome to STARTALK!

Welcome to the STARTALK website, home to information on teaching and learning Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. The purpose of this site is to share information on implementing programs as well as to share resources on curriculum design, instructional materials, assessment tools, and useful links.

News & Announcements

2014 Summer Programs List Available Now

The list of 2014 STARTALK summer programs is now available here: https://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?sort=name&year=2014

Scheduled STARTALK Site Maintenance

STARTALK website will be shut down for scheduled maintenance on Monday, November 25, 2013 and will be operational again on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by close of business eastern standard time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

STARTALK Fall 2013 Conference Presentations Posted

2013 Fall Conference Presentations are now available here.

STARTALK Is No Longer Accepting Proposals for 2014 Summer Programs

The 2014 STARTALK online proposal submission system is now closed. The STARTALK online proposal submission system will reopen for the 2015 proposal process in the fall of 2014. Please check our website at that time to view information about proposals and the deadline for submitting a proposal. If you would like to be notified of the next request for proposals, send an email to startalk@nflc.umd.edu to join the mailing list.

STARTALK Website Survey

We would like your feedback on STARTALK Central's Public website. It is our goal for our website to be as user friendly and informative as possible. Please take a few moments to complete this online survey. Click here to take survey

Arabic-Teacher Training and Professional Development: A VIEW FROM STARTALK


Article by Mouna Mana, National Foreign Language Center, was originally published in 2011-2012 edition of Al-'Arabiyya, the annual journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.


Developing and Assessing Learners' Competency in Interpersonal Communication

This online professional development workshop was created for STARTALK by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. In this workshop, you will find a seven-part self-study course on developing your students' competence in interpersonal communication.


Bring the World into your Home: Host an International Exchange Student

Did you know the U.S. Department of State sponsors nearly 2,000 exchange students from over 50 countries to study in the U.S. each year? We invite you to make a difference by hosting one of these amazing high school exchange student this fall. Learn more at hosting.state.gov .

STARTALK Spring 2013 Conference Presentations Posted

Available 2013 Spring Conference Presentations are now available here.

STARTALK Sample Materials

Sample Materials developed by STARTALK Programs are now available in one location: Click here to search for STARTALK Sample Materials.

2013 Resources for Curriculum Development Now Available

Revised Student and Teacher curriculum templates and accompanying guides are now available on the STARTALK website: https://startalk.umd.edu/curriculum-guide/

Introducing the STARTALK Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Alignment (STELLA)

To provide further support to STARTALK programs, STARTALK Central collaborated with the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project to develop modules that give priority to the domains of Environment, Planning, The Learning Experience, and Performance and Feedback.


The list of 2013 STARTALK summer programs is now available.

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