Find a Summer Program

In these uncertain times, we are working with our colleagues at NSA to provide guidance to 2020 programs. We anticipate having more definite information about which programs will be offered in 2020 by May 19th. Please visit our website then for an update on what programs will be offered this summer.

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    UGARF (Student Program)

    Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Date(s)
    • June 1, 2020 – July 3, 2020: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The program will be postponed until Summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The University of Georgia STARTALK Russian Language Summer Immersion Program is designed to attract highly motivated undergraduate students who are committed to the long-term goals of extended study abroad in a Russian-speaking country and pursing global careers that require advanced and superior proficiency in Russian in professional settings. The intensive residential five-week program is based on the theme “Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals” and is designed to foster a national pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to the U.S. competitiveness and security. The program will recruit 20 students into Novice High and Intermediate Low tracks from across the country with content-oriented curriculum organized around themes that integrate authentic Communication in all modalities, exploration of modern Russian culture, integration of disciplinary content, engagement with the Russian-speaking communities in/near Athens, and connections with students’ study abroad and global careers plans. This standards-based, residential immersion program will include 232 hour of instruction, including 106 hours of in-class instruction, 30 hours of weekend cultural activities, and 96 hours of self-directed learning activities.

    Contact(s)
    (706) 424-1116
    vhasko@uga.edu

    Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (Demonstration Teacher Program)

    BU Wheelock STARTALK Teacher Academy

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish

    Date(s)
    • June 1, 2020 – July 1, 2020: (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston, MA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The BU Wheelock STARTALK Teacher Academy uses a blended learning format to support teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish in developing and demonstrating their ability to teach in the target language with comprehensible input and facilitate learner interactions in their classrooms. This 5-week program begins with a self-evaluation through the CATALYST platform and individual goal setting. The first four weeks of the program are held online, where participants build understanding of providing input and facilitating learner interactions, watch and critique model lessons, develop their own tasks and lesson plans, work collaboratively in peer groups, and participate in weekly “Live Sessions” where they interact with the Instructional Team, experts in the field, and each other to provide feedback and support. The program culminates with virtual micro-teaching, where participants demonstrate their application of teaching in the target language with comprehensible input and facilitating learner interactions in both similar-language and mixed-language groups, and participants are supported by the Instructional Team through coaching and feedback. Participants additionally receive guidance on securing or advancing their teaching license in Massachusetts, may enroll in optional graduate credits at BU Wheelock, and have the opportunity to receive extended support through the fall when additional Live Sessions will allow participants to share lessons and receive feedback using a Lesson Study format.

    Contact(s)
    (617) 353-3267
    critz@bu.edu
    Program Website

    Kanti Hindi Kendra (Student Program)

    STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Immersion

    Language(s)

    Hindi

    Date(s)
    • June 29, 2020 – July 17, 2020: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Concord Road Elementary School, Ardsley, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The program will enroll 80 novice and intermediate level heritage language learners (1 to 8 grade) from local early elementary to middle schools. To provide meaningful Hindi language learning experience to its participants, program’s 91 hours instruction will be based on student friendly overarching theme of ‘Let’s Save the Endangered Animals and Their Habitat'. Thematically organized and the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages based curriculum and instruction will facilitate and engage both the first time students to learn and returning students to further grow their Hindi language skills, and cultural understanding. To address and meet the needs of all learners, pre-program informal Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) will be conducted, and based on the outcome, learners will be placed in age and level appropriate classes. The outcome for 80 Hindi language learners at the end of the program will be their ability to demonstrate gains in Hindi language proficiency and cultural competence at higher sub-level in three modes of communication. The program will also provide continued Hindi language and culture learning opportunity to the participants during its 20 week blended post program from September 2020- March 2021.

    Contact(s)
    (914) 962-7076
    sushmak171@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Northeastern University (Student Program)

    Program for the Future

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 29, 2020 – July 2, 2020: 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 (Online)
    • July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020: Mondays -Thursdays (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Northeastern University, Boston, MA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The NU Chinese STARTALK Program will offer a blended, 5-week non-residential language and culture program to 20 high school students. A total of 100 instructional hours will be provided at the Northeastern University, Boston campus. Face-to-face class sessions will be supplemented with online learning sessions, providing students opportunities to learn at their own pace and receive personalized instruction. The standards-based and student-centered curriculum will be guided by the theme “Travel with Zenbo Jr.,” which aims to develop students’ linguistic and intercultural competence through experiential learning with native speakers and immersion in Chinese cultural activities. Upon conclusion of this program, students will be expected to have an ACTFL Novice-Mid/High proficiency level in speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

    Contact(s)
    (617) 373-3131
    j.wei@northeastern.edu

    Fairfax County Public Schools (Student Program)

    The Fairfax Academy STARTALK Program

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Date(s)
    • July 6, 2020 – July 30, 2020: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fairfax Academy STARTALK Program at Fairfax High School will offer four summer classes in Korean (two level 1, one level 2, and one level 3) to 60 high school students in Virginia and will provide them with 114 hours of face-to-face instruction over four weeks from July 6th, 2020 to July 30th, 2020. Sixty high school students will graduate from the program with a proficiency level of Novice-Mid to Intermediate-Low and with an increased understanding of the Korean culture and region. The program also aims to recruit students to continue their language learning at Fairfax Academy during the school year. In addition, students will learn about career opportunities requiring proficiency in critical languages and where they can pursue these studies in higher education institutions through various scholarships. Finally, the program will encourage ongoing dialogue and awareness on Korean language and culture among students during the academic year.

    Contact(s)
    (703) 219-2226
    SKJohnston@fcps.edu
    Program Website

    Kalamazoo Chinese Academy (Practicum Teacher Program)

    Kalamazoo Chinese Academy STARTALK

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 29, 2020 – July 3, 2020: (Online)
    • July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    This program is a 5-week teacher training with a 4-week (120 hours) intensive face-to-face training and a one-week (10 hours) asynchronous and synchronous online training from June 29 to July 31, 2020, for twelve novice K-12 Chinese language teachers in the State of Michigan and beyond. The targeted participants are novice teachers (0-2 years of teaching experience) from public/private K-12 schools, colleges, graduate programs, and heritage/community schools. At the end of the program, participants will be able to plan student learning experiences based on local curriculum and state and national standards, frequently check for understanding in a variety of ways throughout the lesson, engage in self-assessment and peer review to monitor progress toward the targeted performance objectives and their own language and culture goals, and use processes that allow them to analyze and reflect on their current teaching practices. They will be able to create a safe and positive classroom environment that integrates culture, content, and language to support the performance objectives.

    Contact(s)
    (269) 387-3496
    KCA.startalk.teachers@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Anchorage School District (Student Program)

    STARTALK'S Alaskan Adventure

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 1, 2020 – June 12, 2020: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Bartlett High School, Anchorage, AK
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Anchorage School District STARTALK’s Alaskan Adventure summer Chinese language and culture Camp is a two-week, ten-day, morning and afternoon non-residential program held in June 2020 at Bartlett High School. The camp will serve 40 middle school students (grades 6-8) at the Novice-Low proficiency level from Anchorage area schools. 10 high school students with Chinese experience will serve as student tutors. Students receive 63 instructional hours including one extended day family event. This year's theme will have students using compasses for an outdoor orienteering adventure. An after school Chinese program is offered three hours per week for nine weeks into the 2020 school year, during which middle school students who attended camp will be invited to Scenic Park Elementary School to interact with students in the Chinese Immersion program and their teachers. Student outcomes include: increased Chinese language skills, increased knowledge of and appreciation for Chinese culture, and intention to continue Chinese studies through secondary school.

    Contact(s)
    (907) 223-1742
    schmitz_jennifer@asdk12.org

    Washington County School District (Student Program)

    WCSD Startalk Summer Camp 2020

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 1, 2020 – June 19, 2020: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Snow Canyon High School, Saint George, UT
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Washington County School District (WCSD) Startalk Chinese Summer Camp 2020 is an opportunity for 60 rising 6th and 7th graders from nine WCSD schools to join together for an intensive linguistic and cultural experience. The program will include 3 classrooms of 20 students each meeting daily for 6 hours per day for 10 days, 2 meetings of 2 hours each meeting at the school for students and families as a SKYPE night for students to speak with middle school students in China in real time. There will also be an additional 30 hours online exploring China-Beijing and Beyond where students will explore 3 cities in China, Beijing, Chengdu, and Xi'an. These students will explore the cities today along with architectural, geographical, cultural, and environmental issues. WCSD students will engage with each other and students from China, via electronic communication, as topics are explored and activities include group presentations, and informative oral and written assignments. After participating in the camp, students will be able to engage in Intermediate Mid-level discourse regarding cities in China through sub-themes of similarity and differences, historical facts and cultural awareness.

    Contact(s)
    (435) 673-3553 ext 5183
    marybeth.fuller@washk12.org

    The University of Texas at El Paso (Student Program)

    From Local to Global

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Korean, Russian

    Date(s)
    • June 1, 2020 – June 19, 2020
    Location(s)
    • The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    From Local to Global is a three-week summer language program designed to introduce 45 high school/ early college students to Arabic, Korean, and Russian language. They will be divided into three language groups. The program will have one section for each language. The proficiency level is novice-mid. The program offers six hours daily for fifteen days providing a total of ninety instructional hours. Summer language acquisition will be maintained and expanded during the subsequent school year through the online portion of the program.

    Contact(s)
    (915) 256-3456
    mkhatib@utep.edu

    Fayette County Public Schools (Student Program)

    FCPS STARTALK Chinese Summer Program 2020

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 15, 2020 – June 26, 2020
    Location(s)
    • Tate’s Creek Middle School, Lexington, KY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fayette County Public School District’s 2020 STARTALK Chinese Summer Program will provide 50 instructional hours via a 2-week summer program for 104 district students in grades K-5 who are currently studying the Chinese language in district schools.
    Expected outcomes for our novice-mid through intermediate-low learners include 1) students will sustain and/or improve their language proficiency levels (novice – intermediate); 2) students will increase their intercultural communication including knowledge of products, practices, and perspectives through their experience with Chinese culture; and 3) student experiences will support further interest in the learning of Chinese throughout our district and continue to serve as a PR opportunity connecting parents and community members to our students and schools.
    The FCPS STARTALK program will result in an increase in the number of students studying Chinese throughout the secondary grades and eventually at the postsecondary level, strengthening the K – 16 pipeline, while also helping to increase the number of district programs. Participating students will develop a more sophisticated world view and appreciation for other cultures and meeting the district’s mission of creating a collaborative community that ensures all students achieve at high levels and graduate prepared to excel in a global society.
    The program will also engage parents in actively supporting the district’s Chinese language program, which may play a critical role in the district continuing to fund the offering of Chinese in future years.

    Contact(s)
    (859) 381-4749
    laura.roche@fayette.kyschools.us
    Program Website

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