STARTALK 2008 - Chinese Programs

Please contact the programs directly for more information. If an online link to the program is not listed here, please email startalk@nflc.org. We will gladly provide the program's contact information.

STUDENT PROGRAMS

TEACHER PROGRAMS

ACTFL/CLASS/Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford, CT
Discover Chinese Student Program: Choate Rosemary Hall
June 30-July 25

An intensive four-week non-residential program that will allow beginning and intermediate students of Chinese to develop both speaking and writing abilities as well as an understanding of Chinese culture. The program will include classroom instruction as well as hands-on demonstrations and field trips. College credits are an option for intermediate students.

ACTFL/CLASS/Glastonbury Public Schools

Glastonbury, CT
Discover Chinese Student Program: Glastonbury
June 30-July 25

An intensive four-week non-residential program that will allow beginning and intermediate students of Chinese to develop both speaking and writing abilities as well as an understanding of Chinese culture. The program will include classroom instruction as well as hands-on demonstrations and field trips. College credit is an option for intermediate students.

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC
2008 STARTALK North Carolina Student Summer Institute in Chinese
June 16-July 5

The 2008 STARTALK North Carolina Student Summer Institute in Chinese is an immersion residential Chinese program for students in grades 9-12 in North Carolina to improve their Chinese language skills and Chinese cultural knowledge through both in-class and out-of-class activities. Two levels of classes: exploratory and intermediate-level, will be offered on June 16-July 5, 2008 at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Arlington County Public Schools

Arlington, Virginia
Summer Exploratory and Enrichment for Arabic and Chinese
July 10-July 31

The Arlington Public Schools Arabic and Chinese Summer Exploratory and Enrichment programs are three week programs (July 10-31) designed to address a range of proficiency levels. These courses include an introductory level for beginners, a maintenance level for heritage language students who have not previously studied the language formally, and an enrichment level for students previously enrolled in these programs. Communicative activities include role play, skits, language focused games, and oral presentations. Technology-enhanced activities include web quests and lab and home use of language software. Topics and themes are differentiated for the varying levels of proficiency. Classes meet from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin
The Olympics and Beyond: Summer Intensive Arabic or Chinese Study at Beloit
June 14-August 8

This residential program offers talented high school students the opportunity to complete a year's worth of college-level Arabic or Chinese language training in eight weeks. Our model features superb instructors, 26 hours per week of classroom study, an integrated approach to language and culture, and a variety of extracurricular activities. Competitive scholarships cover the cost of tuition ($6,120), with scholarship recipients responsible for the cost of housing and meals ($1,695). Minimum age: 17.

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah
Chinese Language Camp and Teacher Training Workshop
June 23-July 16
July 21-August 13

The 2008 BYU Chinese STARTALK program provides a 3 1/2 week intensive, residential program for high school students. Students learn through living the language—with numerous opportunities to explore various aspects of Chinese culture through a mix of Chinese language activities, including films, games, cooking lessons, visits to restaurants, and classroom work. Credit will be arranged through the State of Utah, and progress will be documented through achievement exams and nationally recognized proficiency tests.

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island
Bryant Summer High School and Middle School Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program
June 30-July 14 (with an optional trip to China July 16-July 29)

The student program for STARTALK 2008 at Bryant University is a 2-week Chinese immersion experience with intensive language training and rich cultural activities for high school and middle school students in southern New England. It includes morning language instruction and afternoon workshops such as martial arts, calligraphy, and a field trip to China market, followed by an optional trip to China to explore the early Chinese civilization in Shandong Province, the hometown of Confucius.

CAIS Institute

San Francisco, CA
CAIS Institute High School Intensive Summer Courses
June 23-July 18
July 21-August 15

CAIS Institute, at the Chinese American International School, will provide two sessions of High School Summer Intensive Mandarin courses over the summer of 2008. Session I will be a Chinese level I course for students with very little or no Chinese language background. Session II will offer Chinese Level I and Chinese Level II for students of advanced beginner levels of Chinese proficiency. During each 4 week session, students will experience Chinese language and culture through a wide variety of traditional and cultural activities.

This is a unique opportunity for students to earn San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school foreign language credit during the summer. Those students who successfully complete Chinese Level I and II will earn one full year of SFUSD Foreign Language credit.

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago STARTALK Chinese Language
June 23-July 18

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) and the University of Chicago (UC) will join in a partnership during the summer of 2008 to offer the Chicago STARTALK Chinese Summer Language Program. The four-week program will be offered to 30 high school students from Chicago Public Schools who have completed levels One and Two of Chinese at their high schools and who have enrolled in level Three Chinese for the 08-09 academic year. The program will be conducted on the University of Chicago campus, where students will receive four hours of instruction from Monday through Friday. Students will also participate in at least two Chinese language and culture-related field trips during the four weeks of instruction.

China Institute

New York, NY
Chinese Summer Immersion Academy at China Institute
July 7-August 15

China Institute will offer scholarships to 25 New York metro-area high school students to attend a six-week Chinese Summer Immersion Academy in New York City from July 7th to August 15th, 2008 , Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. To be eligible, applicants must have no prior Mandarin Chinese language background, and meet certain additional requirements.

Concordia Language Villages

Cass Lake, Minnesota
Building a World Citizen with a “Village” Approach to Learning and Living Chinese
June 16-June 28
June 16-July 12
June 30-July 12
July 14-July 26
July 14-August 9
July 28-August 9
August 11-August 23

Concordia Language Villages is an internationally recognized and respected world language and cultural education program. Our mission is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in our global community; our goal is to provide an environment in which participants find the courage and confidence to explore the language and culture, to speak and play in it. Participants “live the language” in a culturally rich, residential setting including authentic activities and the rituals of daily life.

Crane House - Asia Institute

Louisville, Kentucky
Crane House Chinese Language Camp
July 7-July 25

A Mandarin Chinese Language Camp for 40 high school students. An immersion experience to accelerate students' language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. 3 hours of undergraduate credit will be awarded to students showing documented proficiency. Each week will be organized around a topic of interest and will focus on the development of language skills that allow students to use the language rather than learn about the language

DePaul University

Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Beginning /Advanced Beginning Student Course — Chinese Language Academy (CLA)
June 20 (Orientation)
June 23-July 23

DePaul's Chinese Language Academy (CLA) targets students from: Chicago and suburban public and private, and Chinese heritage schools. Since 2003, DePaul has attracted talented high school students to participate in its innovative summer language college courses. Chinese One, an intensive, college-level course, offers over 100 hours of classroom instruction during the 4-week session. Providing either four college credits, elective high school credits, or both, the course will be a multi-level Chinese class, open to beginners and students with some Chinese learning experiences. DePaul's STARTALK CLA will emphasize developing Chinese language proficiency in all language skills through: student-centered, real-life language performance; cooperative learning; and cultural activities including field trips to local Chinese American communities. Through immersion in authentic Chinese language and cultural experiences, engaged in task-based activities, students will discover and explore the fun and pleasure of understanding and mastering Mandarin! Daily classroom activities will concentrate on using the target language to interact with other students, from expressing oneself to communicating effectively.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Arizona State University

Prescott, Arizona
ERAU/ASU Joint Proposal in Teaching Mandarin and Training Teachers of Mandarin
June 16-July 18

Embry-Riddle University and Arizona State University jointly offers a 2nd semester college Mandarin course to students and a graduate course in teaching Mandarin at the secondary level to teachers. The student program will be June 16-July 18; teacher program will be June 23-July 9. For student program please contact Leeann Chen at chenl@erau.edu. For teacher program, please contact Madeline Spring at mkspring@asu.edu.

Frederick County Public Schools

Frederick, Maryland
Summer Center for Exploratory Chinese and Teacher Training
July 14-August 1

The Frederick County Public Schools will offer its middle school students a three-week summer program, which will introduce them to the Chinese language and culture. They will greet friends, talk about themselves and their family in Chinese, and recognize and write some characters. They will participate in many cultural activities, such as calligraphy, the abacus, tea ceremony, and tai chi. Five Chinese speakers wishing to become teachers will have the opportunity to attend three methodology workshops and to teach lesson activities at the Center.

Howard Community College

Columbia, Maryland
Intensive Critical Language Learning Experience for Howard County Students
June 23-August 7

Howard Community College will offer Beginning Arabic and Beginning Chinese for high school students in a 7 week intensive program this summer. Classes begin on June 23 and end August 7. Students will focus on speaking and understanding Arabic or Chinese in 4 hour classes ( 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Instructors will involve students in the cultures of the Arabic or Chinese speaking world through hands on activities. Rising 8th graders and rising college freshman may apply. Students selected based on application, letters of recommendation and GPA.

Hunter College

New York, NY
A New Model for Summer Chinese Language and Culture Instruction
June 30-August 21

This project provides a new model for mainstreaming Chinese language and culture instruction into grades 7-12. The project will benefit 120 New York City high school students. The proposed program includes three sessions to be held in sequence: a three-week enrichment summer camp; a four-week online instruction program; and a one-week wrap-up and assessment. We will also offer an option for 11th and 12th graders to study Chinese for college credit.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Euless, Texas
Discover Asia!
June 9-June 26

Discover Asia!, a three-week summer academy to be offered from June 9-June 26, 2008, will allow 7th grade students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, as well as students from the larger Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a unique, tuition-free opportunity to explore Asian cultures and the languages of Hindi or Mandarin Chinese. Students will receive ½ local credit, recognized by the Texas Education Agency, in Cultural and Linguistics Topics for successfully completing the program. Students of Discover Asia! will also be introduced to the World In Transition series, multimedia educational materials produced by the Southern Center for International Studies (SCIS) in Atlanta for the World Affairs Council.

Kent State University

Kent, Ohio
Regents Summer Language Academy: Problem-Based Learning Communities in Arabic, Chinese, and Hindi
June 29-July 26: Summer Residential Program
August 13, 2008-May 2, 2009: Saturday Sessions

The Regents Foreign Language Academy in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian is aimed at upper-level high school students and consists of a 4-week summer residential program followed by 9 Saturday mini-immersion sessions held throughout the 2008-09 academic year. The program in co-funded by the Ohio Board of Regents and entails no cost to participants.

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy

Colchester, Vermont
Atherton, California
STARTALK Heritage Learners of Chinese
June 28-July 26

Offered by the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), this is an Arabic and Chinese immersion summer camp for middle and high school “heritage speakers.” With curriculum specifically designed for this age group, heritage learners will make rapid progress toward fluency while deepening the cultural aspects of immersion camp. Generous need-based scholarships available.

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
STARTALK for High School/College Credit
June 9-July 18

NKU offers a 6 week semi-intensive program for rising seniors in local schools who wish to study Arabic or Chinese and earn college credit.

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Chinese Immersion Summer Day Camps of Ohio Students
June 16-June 27

The program provides an opportunity for middle and high school students in Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton areas to immerse themselves in Chinese language and culture in a two-week summer day camp. Students with elementary knowledge of Chinese work with teachers, peer mentors from the heritage communities, and each other to learn through experiencing and performing in Chinese. The teachers and peer mentors have the professional development opportunity through their participation.

OneWorld Now

Seattle, Washington
OneWorld Now! Summer Chinese Language Camp
August 4-August 22

OneWorld Now! is offering scholarships to 35 Seattle area high school students to attend an intensive 3 week summer language camp where students will learn Chinese through interactive lessons and other innovative methods, such as podcasts.

Rutgers University/Princeton/West Windsor-Plainsboro School Districts

Princeton, New Jersey
Expanding Chinese in the New Jersey World Languages Classroom — The Rutgers/NJ School District School Summer Project
July 21-August 1

The Rutgers University and Princeton/West Windsor-Plainsboro School Districts are collaborating to offer Chinese language learning experiences for middle and high school students and professional development opportunities for pre-service Chinese language teachers in the summer of 2008. For more information about our programs, check out our website at http://k12chinese.rutgers.edu.

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Chinese Language Academy for Summer Students (SF-CLASS)
June 16-July 11

The four-week intensive Chinese Language Academy, SF-CLASS, will offer standards-based, technology-infused Mandarin summer programs for 20 middle school students in a linguistically (oral and print) and culturally rich environment. Students will utilize high-quality Chinese reading, oral and musical material as well as current technological advancements to practice and to create their Chinese language podcast files, digital video storytelling and graphical novels.

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture Project for High School Students and Professional Development for Their Teachers
June 23-July 18

This program offers a four-week accelerated Mandarin Chinese language and culture program for 45 students and a professional development program for 20 teachers.

Teaching Chinese Resources, California

Metro Los Angeles, California
Metro San Diego, California
Students Immersion Programs and Leadership Expedition Camp
June 30-August 12

In collaborating with SCCCS, this seven-week immersion program, four-hour per day, involving 450 middle and high school students, aims to maximize the good will capacity of the youngsters, who come to Chinese heritage school buildings, to appreciate cultural differences through language learning and to build up social skills and leadership, through quality instructions and exciting hands-on cultural activities. An additional weekend in the seventh week, is designed as the outward bound expeditionary Chinese language camp for leadership training offered to give 120 beginners the chance to apply their language skills to real-life social and survival interactions at Verdugo Pines Camp site located at Wrightwood, near L.A. Scholarships are offered to students of inner-city, lower-income, and of diverse cultural backgrounds in Los Angeles and San Diego Unified School Districts for taking Mandarin Chinese credit courses (grade 9 to 11). Instructions include sharpening of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational skills in communication in the first three hours and, in the last hour each day, the students are expected to apply their language skills to perform cultural activities such as lion dancing, Chinese painting, Chinese food, Chinese Yo-Yo sports, and paper cutting, Chinese journal on Blogs and dragon boat making, etc.

Teaching Chinese Resources, Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Fairfax and Montgomery county, Maryland
The Ice Breaking Program
June 9-July 3 (Texas program)
June 25-July 25 (Maryland program)

The program will engage students in a fun and exciting Chinese learning experience while enabling them to gain a proficiency in Chinese. In addition, selected students will have the chance to enjoy a fun 3-day 2-night summer camp. The camp will allow students to use the skills they have learned in both real-life settings and friendly competitions to earn prizes, such as iPod nanos.

University of Hawaii

Honolulu, HI
Chinese Language Teacher Training Institute and Chinese Immersion Sports Camps
July 7-July 25

The 2008 Chinese Immersion Sports Camp at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu, Hawaii, will teach Beginning and Intermediate Chinese using standards- and task-based approaches. Students will learn Chinese language and culture through classroom activities, and also through instruction in ping-pong and martial arts. Teachers-in-training will have separate sessions on the instructional approach, and will observe instruction in progress. They will also have the opportunity to contribute their own talents to the camp; their presence will enrich the experience for everyone involved. Evening and weekend excursions to enjoy Honolulu's breathtaking natural and cultural environment round out this unparalleled summer experience.

University of Kansas

Overland Park, Kansas
Beebe, Arkansas
Six other remote locations, Kansas
CIKU Chinese Summer Language Institutes
June 2-June 14
June 16-June 28
July 7-July 19

The Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas will offer Chinese Summer Language Institutes by Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) to six school districts around Kansas, students in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and Beebe, Arkansas. The two-week intensive immersion programs will provide rising ninth and tenth graders with nine days of instruction in elementary Chinese (3.5 hours per day) using advanced videoconferencing technology, followed by a two-day group field trip to Kansas City.

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
Mandarin Summer Camp for Students
June 30-July 25

Students in New England are welcome to apply for University of Massachusetts' Boston Mandarin Summer Camp from June 29 to July 25. We will offer Chinese language program at three levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. We have three experienced and dedicated Chinese instructors and three teaching assistants to work for you. In this beautiful and exciting UMass Boston campus, this summer camp will lead you to a door of Chinese language, a civilization of 5000 years, and possibly a career in the future.

University of Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi
Mississippi STARTALK II — Student Training
June 26-July 23

Mississippi STARTALK II—Student Training builds on last year's success with the Mississippi High School Short Pipeline Program. The program will provide 25 high school students with four weeks of intensive instruction in beginning Chinese on the campus of the University of Mississippi during the summer 2008. The program will also provide continuing instruction in Chinese to students who participated in our first StarTalk program in the summer of 2007.

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Summer Institute in Arabic and Chinese for High School Students
June 2-June 27

The University of New Mexico will offer two summer language institutes to high school students in June 2008. Students will study Arabic or Chinese for 4 weeks and receive 3 hours of university credit. Tuition is covered and a stipend will be offered.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Penn High School Chinese Academy
July 6-August 15

Penn High School Chinese Academy (PHSCA) will offer participants strong teaching, rigorous curriculum, enlightened cultural education and fun enrichment activities. The teacher-student ratio is one-to-four to ensure that all participants have a solid Chinese foundation.

Virginia Department of Education

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia STARTALK Chinese Academy
June 22-July 13

The 2008 Virginia STARTALK Chinese Academy will operate concurrently with the 2008 Virginia Governor's Foreign Language Academies, sharing campus facilities and participating in several joint activities. The three- week residential program for current tenth- and eleventh-grade foreign language students will be housed on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond from June 22, 2008 through July 13, 2008. The academy will accept beginners as well as students with prior study of Chinese (Mandarin).

Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES

Queensbury, New York
WSWHE BOCES Mandarin Immersion and Chinese Culture Program
July 28-August 1
August 4-August 8

The WSWHE BOCES Mandarin Immersion and Chinese Culture Program, hosted on the beautiful campus of Adirondack Community College, will engage students in fun, educational activities. During this half-day program, students will be team-taught by experienced language and culture teachers. Enriching activities such as tai chi, calligraphy, virtual exchanges, and a photo scavenger hunt in Chinatown are planned. Family members will share this experience via a cultural celebration involving food, student-created demonstrations, and a professional performance.

Wilson High School

Florence, South Carolina
Splash Into Chinese
July 14-August 1

"Splash into Chinese" is an intensive three-week language camp for 20 high school students at Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina. The students have no prior Chinese language background. Based on the frameworks of the South Carolina Academic Standards for Modern and Classical Languages, "Splash into Chinese" participants will study Mandarin Chinese from interpersonal, interpretive and presentational levels. In a safe and culturally rich environment, this camp will implement various language teaching strategies to enable students to read, write, speak, and understand Chinese and to appreciate Chinese culture.

ACTFL/CLASS/Glastonbury Public Schools

Glastonbury, CT
Discover Chinese Teacher Program: Glastonbury
June 30-July 11
July 14-July 25

An intensive two-week professional development program that focuses on quality instruction, curriculum and assessments for Chinese programs.

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT
Chinese Language Camp and Teacher Training Workshop
July 14-July 25 (online tutorial)
July 28-August 8 (on-campus practicum)

The 2008 BYU Chinese STARTALK teacher training program is a blended program, which includes a three week, distance/online line phase with a ten day intensive, residential experience. The virtual phase focuses on theory and method whereas the latter on-campus phase emphasizes practicum work and hands-on teaching. All participants are assigned a mentor teacher in either the affiliated student STARTALK camp or in a regular BYU university course. For non-native participants, the program offers an optional language refresher course along side the residential training program.

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island
Chinese Language and Culture Teacher Training Program
June 23-July 14 (with an optional trip to China, July 16-July 29)

This 3-week intensive summer program provides K-12 teachers from different subject areas with strategies and resources to teach about Chinese language and culture. Language experts and experienced K-12 teachers will interact with participants through various seminars, workshops, teaching demonstrations, field trips, and cultural activities such as calligraphy, dumpling making, martial arts, and more. Following the training session, participants are offered a subsidized trip to China to experience the Olympics and explore the hometown of Confucius.

Center for Applied Linguistics

Washington, DC
STARTALK Assessment Training Program
June 8-June 10

CAL's STARTALK Assessment Training Workshop focuses on assessing students at beginning proficiency levels (Novice-Low and Mid on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking). Designed for STARTALK instructors of students, teacher trainers, and project directors, the three-part workshop includes an online introduction to assessment principles (May), a face-to-face workshop (Washington, DC, June 8-10) and an online follow-up workshop (June-August). Participants will improve their understanding of language assessment, washback to and alignment with instruction, ongoing program improvement, and evaluation.

College Board

Stanford, CA
Chinese Guest Teacher Summer Institute
July 28-August 6

The Chinese Guest Teacher Summer Institute program offers professional development for newly arriving teachers from China prior to their placement as teachers of Chinese language and culture in elementary and secondary schools across the U.S. The program covers topics such as the structure of U.S. K-12 education, K-12 foreign language teaching standards, communication strategies, course design, classroom management, materials development, and more. The program is organized by the College Board in collaboration with partner associations. For questions, please contact Carol Tao Lin at guestteacher@collegeboard.org.

Concordia Language Villages

Bemidji, Minnesota
Connecting Language Learning and Content for Teachers of Arabic and Chinese
August 3-August 13

The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and principles of content-based instruction serve as the framework for a 4-credit graduate level course, Connecting Language Learning and Content: Content-based Instruction and its Application to Arabic and Chinese Language Classrooms. The program provides a unique opportunity for participants to observe Concordia Language Villages in action, to become novice language learners for a day in order to experience the strategies of content-based instruction, and finally to create and teach content-based lessons.

DePaul University

Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago, Illinois
Teacher Training and Professional Development Course — Chinese Language Academy (CLA)
June 16-June 25 (graduate course)
June 26-July 23 (optional practicum)

Offering Chinese teacher training courses since 2003, DePaul will provide a two-week graduate and professional development course — Teaching Chinese: Linguistics, Methods, and Strategies. Developed for novice and continuing teachers, including those participating in DePaul's 2007 STARTALK Chinese teacher training program, the course will be available for 3 graduate credit hours or CPDU's. DePaul's Chinese Language Academy (CLA) continues its emphasis on integrating theories with classroom practice by giving teachers an option to extend their training in a supervised practicum in the CLA student course; this practicum is available for 1 additional graduate credit hour or equivalent CPDU's. Teachers selecting the practicum option will be awarded a small stipend equivalent to the cost of 1 graduate credit hour. DePaul's innovative curricula will highlight best practices and latest research on assessment, Chinese linguistics, second language acquisition, differentiated instruction, standards-based planning, and linking technology to the classroom.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Arizona State University

Prescott, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
ERAU/ASU Joint Proposal in Teaching Mandarin and Training Teachers of Mandarin
June 23-July 9

Embry-Riddle University and Arizona State University jointly offers a 2nd semester college Mandarin course to students and a graduate course in teaching Mandarin at the secondary level to teachers. The student program will be June 16-July 18; teacher program will be June 23-July 9. For student program please contact Leeann Chen at chenl@erau.edu. For teacher program, please contact Madeline Spring at mkspring@asu.edu.

Frederick County Public Schools

Frederick, Maryland
Summer Center for Exploratory Chinese and Teacher Training
June 12
June 19
June 26

The Frederick County Public Schools will offer its middle school students a three-week summer program, which will introduce them to the Chinese language and culture. They will greet friends, talk about themselves and their family in Chinese, and recognize and write some characters. They will participate in many cultural activities, such as calligraphy, the abacus, tea ceremony, and tai chi. Five Chinese speakers wishing to become teachers will have the opportunity to attend three methodology workshops and to teach lesson activities at the Center.

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Liven Up Teaching Arabic and Chinese Through the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
June 23-July 3

"Liven Up Teaching Arabic and Chinese through the Theory of Multiple Intelligences" is a summer institute that will focus on multiple intelligences and how varied approaches can be applied to language learning that will enhance teacher expertise, student performance, and lead to the creation of new materials for teaching both Arabic and Chinese. Week one will include five days of professional development workshops. Content experts in Arabic and Chinese will lead teachers in strengthening teacher effectiveness and best practices will be highlighted. During week two teachers will actively participate in a multimedia learning environment using Blackboard and Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT).

Hunter College

New York, NY
A New Model for Chinese Language and Culture Teacher Training
June 23-August 21

This project showcases a new model that will offer high quality and practical training courses for 30 teacher-trainees and the opportunity to earn a total of 9 undergraduate or 5 graduate credits in the summer. The program includes a one-week seminar to provide training in Chinese language structures and pedagogy, a three-week teaching observation and student teaching practicum, a four-week online course on Chinese culture and society, and a one-week wrap-up and assessment.

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana
Chinese Pedagogy Institute
June 15-July 2

This residential program will offer 4-5 hours of graduate-level credit to 24 prospective and current middle and high school Chinese teachers recruited nationally. Sixteen teachers will be placed in the beginning track, which will focus on lesson planning and classroom instruction, and 8 teachers in the advanced track, which will highlight curriculum design, material development, and assessment. In addition to tuition, instructional materials, lodging, and meals will be fully covered. There is a $300 registration fee, $200 of which will be refunded after participants complete the program.

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Mentoring and Leadership for K-12 Chinese Teachers
June 20-June 30

K-12 Chinese teachers will participate in a 10-day summer institute in which they will explore key concepts and principles related to mentoring, leadership, and change. They will collaboratively develop standards-based, thematically focused, and culturally rich Chinese teaching materials and explore the use of emerging classroom technologies and social technologies such as blogs, podcasts, digital storytelling, and wikis to disseminate materials and expand their mentoring and leadership to the profession at the district and state levels.

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
Chinese Language Teacher Preparation: Summer Institute for 2008
June 23-August 12

The School of Education at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will offer a 6-week long program leading to the certification of qualified teachers of Mandarin in K-12 bilingual immersion or foreign language classrooms. The Chinese Language Teacher Summer Institute will recruit 20 Chinese-proficient (orally and written) teacher candidates and offer them an intensive course of study for graduate credits. The 20 candidates will participate in an intensive 6-week program where they will prepare for California teacher assessments and complete 6 units of pre-service credential coursework. The Summer Institute will take place between late June and August, 2008.

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Intensive Summer Institute for World Language Teachers for Arabic and Chinese
June 9-July 25

NKU offers a 7-week intensive alternative certification teacher training institute for people fluent in Arabic or Chinese who want to teach in schools. Participants earn 12 graduate credits in education and teaching methods, take a special workshop on teaching the particular language, and have 15 hours of practice teaching.

Northern Virginia Community College

Arlington, Virginia
Powering Up Your Arabic and Chinese Language Courses With Technology
June 30-July 3

Teachers will increase their comfort level and knowledge base in instructional technology to engage students of Arabic and Chinese. They will learn how to apply FL standards and Multiple Intelligence Theory to technology-enhanced lessons. They will add to the growing, but still scarce number of technology-enhanced learning materials in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese and Arabic. Instruction will be hands-on and user-friendly with experts in technology-based language learning.

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH
Cleveland, OH
Dayton, OH
Chinese Program Enhancement Project (C-PEP): Distance Program to Enhance the Instructional Quality of Ohio Chinese Language Programs
June 12-June 24

This program helps certified new teachers of Chinese, currently teaching in Ohio K-12 schools by paring them with their personal trainers. The teachers and their personal trainers work together to implement standard-based curriculum in performance-oriented classroom, while taking into consideration the specific local conditions that shape the implementation by individual teachers. Through the use of video-conferencing and course web site, the program reaches teachers throughout the state to benefit from having a personal trainer.

Rutgers University/Princeton/West Windsor-Plainsboro School Districts

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
Expanding Chinese in the New Jersey World Languages Classroom — The Rutgers/NJ School District School Summer Project
June 30-July 14
July 21-August 1

The Rutgers University and Princeton/West Windsor-Plainsboro School Districts are collaborating to offer Chinese language learning experiences for middle and high school students and professional development opportunities for pre-service Chinese language teachers in the summer of 2008. For more information about our programs, check out our website at http://k12chinese.rutgers.edu.

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
Institute for Innovative Teaching of Chinese
June 16-June 27

The purpose of this two-week intensive Chinese teacher language program is to train teachers of Chinese to develop and implement standards-based, technology-infused curriculum and use best practices in instructional pedagogy via literacy approach and project based learning. Teacher participants will also develop skills in integrating technology in language teaching and learning in the classroom and extending the use of Chinese language outside the classroom. Three units of course credit (one course) may be earned towards teacher certification or master's degree.

Seattle Public Schools

Seattle, Washington
Seattle STARTALK 2
July 14-August 30

Seattle Public Schools Startalk Summer '08 proposal will enable the '07 cohort to continue taking coursework leading to Washington state teacher certification. The cohort will be increased by five. Minimum qualifications: BA degree from an accredited university and fluency in Chinese.

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture Project for High School Students and Professional Development for Their Teachers
July 9-July 15

This program offers a four-week accelerated Mandarin Chinese language and culture program for 45 students and a professional development program for 20 teachers.

Teaching Chinese Resources, California

Metro Los Angeles, California
Metro San Diego, California
Teacher Training and Professional Workshop Programs
June 30-August 12

A total of 40 heritage school teachers will be engaged in a total of 90-hour professional training from March to June 2008. Teachers will learn standard-based, performance-oriented instruction, and will sharpen their skills in conducting oral proficiency interviews, create rubric system for authentic assessment and will maximize their capacity to build up their own professional e-portfolios through reflective discussions, video excerpt collections and professional powerpoint presentations on a Moodle system. Teacher-trainees who fulfill all requirements of San Francisco State University will be rewarded with three graduate credits/units.

Teaching Chinese Resources, Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Fairfax and Montgomery county, Maryland
The Ice Breaking Program
June 9-July 3 (Texas program)
June 25-July 25 (Maryland program)

This Chinese Teacher Professional Workshop offers 3 courses, total 90-hour instruction, for 25 teaches in Dallas and 25 teachers in DC. The courses topics are Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Language Assessment and Curriculum Design, and Chinese Language Structure. The trainees are provided with teaching internships in student summer programs in which they can implement their lesson plans and thematic units designed in the workshop. The courses are recognized as subject credits for entering teacher certification programs in Texas.

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
The Berkeley K-16 Bridge: Improving Teacher Effectiveness in Foreign Language (Mandarin) Classrooms
August 5-August 15

The Berkeley K-16 Bridge: Improving Teacher Effectiveness in Foreign Language (Mandarin) Classrooms will provide enrichment training for both experienced and new teachers of Mandarin language from California middle schools, high schools and the University on the use of multimedia techniques currently being used at Berkeley (for placement, assessment and distance learning), curriculum standards, evaluation, and best practices for classroom pedagogy. Teachers will also create a resource of teacher materials that includes examples of best practices.

University of Hawaii

Honolulu, HI
Chinese Language Teacher Training Institute and Chinese Immersion Sports Camps
July 3-July 25

The 2008 Chinese Immersion Sports Camp at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu, Hawaii, will teach Beginning and Intermediate Chinese using standards- and task-based approaches. Students will learn Chinese language and culture through classroom activities, and also through instruction in ping-pong and martial arts. Teachers-in-training will have separate sessions on the instructional approach, and will observe instruction in progress. They will also have the opportunity to contribute their own talents to the camp; their presence will enrich the experience for everyone involved. Evening and weekend excursions to enjoy Honolulu's breathtaking natural and cultural environment round out this unparalleled summer experience.

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
Chinese Language Teachers Summer Institute
June 29-July 12
July 13-July 25

UMass Boston offers two 2-week Chinese language teacher summer institutes. The first SI from June 26 to July 1 targets new Chinese language teachers without certificates. Here are our goals: to make preparation to pass MTEL and obtain teaching certificates; to learn how to apply American methodology in teaching. The second SI from July 14 to 25 targets teachers with teaching experience over three years. The focus is to learn how to apply technology in teaching. You can obtain 3 graduate credits.

University of Virginia

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA)
June 16-July 13

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive three University of Virginia credits in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The program, directed and taught by leading experts, will provide participants with intensive hands-on training and first-hand experiences in teaching. Participants will be able to independently develop standards-based curricula, carry out best practices in lesson planning and material development, and create interactive, student-centered, and culturally enriched classes.

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