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American Bodhi Center (student)

Houston STARTALK Student Program

Chinese
  • June 3, 2014June 26, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Sharpstown International School, Houston, TX
  • Neff Elementary School, Houston, TX

Houston STARTALK Student Program, administered by the American Bodhi Center, provides a four week Chinese language/culture enrichment course for elementary, middle school and high school students in June 2014. The program's goal is to raise the awareness of and stimulate students’ interest in learning Chinese language and culture. Our program will recruit 90 students in 2nd -12th grade. We will collaborate with two schools in Houston Independent school district and offer 8 classes in total.

713-553-5580 • tracychiang2007@gmail.com

American Bodhi Center (student)

ABC Houston STARTALK Student Program

Chinese
  • June 8, 2015July 2, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Sharpstown International School, Houston, TX
  • Neff Elementary School, Houston, TX

The ABC Houston STARTALK Student Program, administered by American Bodhi Center, provides three and half week summer courses and 90 hours of instruction for elementary, middle and high school students in June 2015. The Program aims to raise the awareness of and stimulate students’ interest in learning Chinese language and culture. The Program will collaborate with two schools in Houston Independent School District to recruit 2nd - 9th graders. Collaboration with Houston school districts has been a successful and effective model for STARTALK student programs from 2008-2014 (administered by Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institute from 2008 - 2011 and Rice University in 2012 and 2013). American Bodhi Center will continue to utilize the strong and extensive connection with school districts and the community in Houston to promote the STARTALK student program.

713-553-5580 • tracychiang2007@gmail.com

Arlington Independent School District (teacher)

STARTALK: Empowering Teachers for Change

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • June 11, 2012June 22, 2012Residential Program
  • AISD Professional Development Center, Arlington, TX

Empowering Teachers for Change contains 60 hours of face-to-face instruction over a period of two weeks--10 instructional days-- preceded by a self assessment and followed by a practicum which will be supported by periodic virtual check-in's. It also will include a weekend service learning project in conjunction with Arlington ISD's Newcomer Center. By the end of the program, participants will have solidified their own professional practice, created and implemented a plan for their own professional growth, and begun to exercise leadership by working with a trusted colleague. TheTeacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Framework, closely integrated with STARTALK principles, provides the foundation for this program. Emphasis will be given to creating an effective learning environment, planning both units and individual lessons, executing these plans in the classroom, assessing their effectiveness, choosing appropriate resources, collaborating with students, parents, administration, and the community, and becoming a professional who reflects well on the profession and finds ways to make a contribution to it..

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.nethttp://www.aisd.net/aisd/lote

Arlington Independent School District (student)

STARTALK: "Go Brasil 2016!"

Portuguese • June 10, 2013June 28, 2013
  • Arlington, TX

This is a 3-week summer program for the study of Portuguese for rising 3rd - 6th graders. Emphasis will be given to Brazilian Portuguese and culture, and classes will be conducted in Portuguese. There will be eight sections of 15 students each located in four schools in various parts of the city. This allows the program to accommodate 120 students and give them the maximum ease of access. The overall theme will be sports and will tie the recently-completed summer Olympics in London to the next summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. As they make plans for their journey to the Olympics, students will acquire math and social studies skills appropriate to their grade level as defined by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Their language progress will be measured through a checklist of “can-do” statements which will be monitored by both teacher and student.

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.net

Arlington Independent School District (teacher)

STARTALK: Empowering Teachers for Change 2

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • July 8, 2013July 19, 2013Residential Program
  • Professional Development Center, Arlington, TX

Recognizing the need to strengthen foreign language teaching, especially in the area of critical languages, Arlington ISD proposes a two-part program for Summer 2013. The program will last two weeks, and the first week of the program will target teachers who have already participated in a STARTALK teacher program and particularly teachers who were a part of the AISD program Summer 2012. This time will be used to reinforce skills presented last year and to deepen participants understanding of STARTALK principles as explicated by the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) document. In the afternoons, attention will be given to individual language groups, and experiences will be much more hands-on than in the previous year. In response to participant requests from last year's program, groups of students will be brought in for micro-teach experiences. The second week will target teachers who have not yet attended a STARTALK teacher program. It will be organized around STARTALK principles as explicated by the TELL framework and will primarily address standards-based instruction, comprehensible input, and checking for understanding. Time will be allotted for a micro-teach experience for these teachers, as well.

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.net

Arlington Independent School District (student)

The Adventures of Juninho and Zé

Portuguese
  • July 21, 2014August 8, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Arlington, TX

The Adventures of Juninho and Zé is 3-week 90-hour Portuguese language acquisition program for students in grades 4 and 5. The program has a target enrollment of 30 students with preference being given to students who were in the 2013 STARTALK program or in its extension sessions during the 2013-14 school year. Curriculum is content-based and aligned with identified elements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for math, social studies, and science. The program is conducted entirely in the target language. Students will travel with a Brazilian boy names Juninho and his pet parrot Ze to various parts of Brazil including the Amazon rainforest, Rio de Janeiro, and Minas Gerais. Throughout their travels the two will learn and/or review a number of concepts contained in the AISD curricula, grades 4 and 5. In addition, they will visit places in the community that reflect Brazilian culture and have contact with a number of Portuguese-speaking community members.

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.nethttp://www.aisd.net/aisd/lote

Arlington Independent School District (student)

As Aventuras Continuam (The Adventures Continue)

Portuguese
  • July 20, 2015August 7, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Bebensee Elementary School, Arlington, TX

This program will serve as a jumpstart for incoming 6th grade students who will be participating in a Portuguese FLES program for the first time during the 2015-16 schoolyear. The goal for this program is to allow them to position themselves to be at a Novice High level at the end of only one year by giving them 60 hours of intensive immersion instruction in the summer followed by intentional, content-based language and culture instruction in FLES during the school year. The goals of this program are to provide students with this instruction such that they can 1) use functional chunks of basic everyday language as stepping stones to additional language acquisition, 2) demonstrate an understanding of the products, practices, and perspectives of Brazilian culture, and 3) speak at the novice-mid level as defined by the ACTFL proficiency scale when speaking about topics with which they are familiar by the end of the STARTALK summer program and by the novice-high level as defined by the ACTFL proficiency scale when speaking about topics with which they are familiar by the end of the STARTALK grant period in February.

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.net

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (teacher)

STARTALK Ice Breaking Program

Houston, TX • Chinese • April 3, 2009 May 31, 2009
Plano, TX • Chinese • April 3, 2009 May 31, 2009

The theme of the Texas STARTALK Chinese Teacher Program is "Word to World." The goal is to lead the trainees to move beyond word/grammar teaching to focusing on real-world communication in a language classroom. Participants will understand that the ultimate goal in foreign language teaching and assessment is to create contexts and provide opportunities for students to use the language to engage in meaningful communication in real-world situations. The Texas STARTALK Teacher Program offers 90 hours of instruction centering on topics of national standards, performance-based approaches and assessment, second language acquisition, teaching Chinese as a second language, technology for language teaching, curriculum development, and daily lesson plan design. Our program includes four university instructors from Rice University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and two high school teachers from Chicago and New Jersey. The program also arranges teaching practicums during the summer in June and July. The Teacher Program starts in April and ends in May.

713-528-3445 • mengyeh@sbcglobal.nethttp://www.txstartalk.org

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (student)

STARTALK Ice Breaking Program

South Lake, TX • Chinese • June 7, 2009 July 10, 2009
Coppell, TX • Chinese • June 15, 2009 July 10, 2009
North Richland Hills, TX • Chinese • June 8, 2009 July 3, 2009
Plano, TX • Chinese • June 8, 2009 July 3, 2009
Bellaire, TX • Chinese • June 8, 2009 July 3, 2009
Katy, TX • Chinese • June 16, 2009 July 21, 2009
Houston, TX • Chinese • June 8, 2009 June 25, 2009
Houston, TX • Chinese • June 15, 2009 July 3, 2009
Spring, TX • Chinese • June 9, 2009 July 1, 2009
Houston, TX • Chinese • June 10, 2009 July 1, 2009
Rosenberg, TX • Chinese • June 15, 2009 July 10, 2009
The Woodlands, TX • Chinese • June 9, 2009 July 15, 2009

The Texas Startalk Ice Breaking Chinese Student Summer Programs aims to raise the awareness of and stimulate the interest in learning Chinese language and culture among middle and high school students. The theme of the student programs is "Your Space, My Space." Through the material and instruction, students use the Chinese language to explore their own space and compare with the spaces of young Chinese people in the spheres of lifestyles, personal preferences, family structure, school activities, and so forth. Students learn, through exploration and comparison, that the individual spaces of young people reflect cultural and social uniqueness as well as a similar exciting energy, free spirit, and wild creativity, whether they are in Beijing, Taipei, or Houston. Most of the student programs last three or four weeks, as enrichment programs for the summer schools, four hours per week, Monday through Friday. All of the programs, from June to July, include daily one-hour cultural sessions. Students will have hands-on cultural experience practicing the lion dance, playing Chinese yoyo, writing calligraphy, and making arts and crafts.

713-528-3445 • mengyeh@sbcglobal.nethttp://www.txstartalk.org

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (teacher)

Houston STARTALK Teacher Program

Chinese • April 3, 2010 June 7, 2010
  • Chinese Culture Center, Houston, TX

The Houston teacher program offers 80 hours of instruction centering on topics of teaching Chinese as second langauge, second langauge acquisition, curriculum development and daily lesson plan design, technology for language teaching, national standards, performance-based approaches and assessment, teaching in American public schools, using target language and teaching pronunciation and tones. The goal is to lead the trainees to move beyond word/grammar teaching to focusing on real-world communication in a language classroom. The ultimate goal is to let teachers understand in foreign language teaching and assessment is to create contexts and provide opportunities for students to use the language to engage in meaningful communication in real-world situations. The trainees are provided with teaching internship oppotunities in student summer programs in which they can implement their daily lesson plans and thematic units designed in the workshop.

713-745-0883 • fshih@mdanderson.orghttp://www.txstartalk.org/

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (teacher)

STARTALK Ice Breaking Program (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Chinese • May 1, 2010 May 29, 2010
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Richardson, TX

The theme of the Texas STARTALK Chinese Teacher Program is "Word to World." The goal is to lead the trainees to move beyond word/grammar teaching to focusing on real-world communication in a language classroom. Participants will understand that the ultimate goal in foreign language teaching and assessment is to create contexts and provide opportunities for students to use the language to engage in meaningful communication in real-world situations. The Dallas, Texas STARTALK Teacher Program offers 80 hours of instruction centering on topics of national standards, performance-based approaches and assessment, second language acquisition, teaching Chinese as a second language, technology for language teaching, curriculum development, and daily lesson plan design. The program also arranges teaching practicums during the student summer program in June and early July.

service@txstartalk.orghttp://www.txstartalk.org

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (student)

Houston STARTALK Student Program

Chinese • June 7, 2010 July 1, 2010
  • June 14 - July 1, 2010, Houston, TX
  • June 7 - July 1, 2010, Rosenberg, TX
  • June 9 - 30, 2010, The Woodlands, TX
  • June 15 - 30, 2010, Katy, TX
  • June 7 - 18, 2010, Houston, TX

Houston StarTalk Student Program is a three week summer school program, will engage middle and high school students in a fun and exciting Chinese learning experience while enabling them to gain a proficiency in Chinese. The theme of the student program is "Your Space, My Space." Through the material and instruction, students use the Chinese langauge to explore their own space and compare with the space of young Chinese people in the spheres of lifestyles, personal preferences, family structure, school activities, and so on. Students learn, through exploration and comparison, that the individual spaces of young people reflect cultural and social uniqueness. The daily program will include three-hour language and one-hour cultural session. Students will have hands-on cultural experience practicing Chinese yoyo, writing calligraphy, drawing Chinese painting, making arts and crafts, learning Chinese folk dancing and others. The program will also include one day field trip to China town to experience the real-world Chinese culture and life style.

713-745-0883 • fshih@mdanderson.orghttp://www.txstartalk.org/

CONSORTIUM OF TEXAS CHINESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTES (student)

STARTALK Ice Breaking Program (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Chinese • June 7, 2010 July 2, 2010
  • Carroll Middle School, Southlake, TX
  • Jasper High School, Plano, TX
  • North Ridge Middle School, North Richland Hills, TX

The Texas Startalk Ice Breaking Chinese Student Summer Programs aims to raise the awareness and stimulate the interest in learning the Chinese language and culture among of 3rd grade to 12th grade students. The theme of the student programs is "Your Space, My Space." Through the material and instruction, students use the Chinese language to explore their own space and compare with the spaces of young Chinese students in the spheres of lifestyles, personal preferences, family structure, school and activities. Students learn, through exploration and comparison, that the individual spaces of young people reflect cultural and social uniqueness as well as a similar exciting energy, free spirit, and wild creativity, whether they are in Beijing, Taipei, or Dallas-Fort Worth. As enrichment programs for the summer schools, it includes a daily three-hour language lesson and one-hour cultural sessions. Students will also have hands-on cultural experience practicing the lion dance, playing Chinese yo-yo, writing calligraphy, and making arts and crafts.

service@txstartalk.orghttp://www.txstartalk.org

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (teacher)

Houston STARTALK Teacher Program

Chinese • May 6, 2011May 28, 2011
  • Chinese Culture Center, Houston, TX

The Houston teacher program offers 92 hours of instruction centering on topics of teaching Chinese as second langauge, second langauge acquisition, curriculum development and daily lesson plan design, E-learning technology for language teaching, early childhhood education, national standards, performance-based approaches and assessment, teaching in American public schools, using target language and teaching pronunciation and tones. The goal is to lead the trainees to move beyond word/grammar teaching to focusing on real-world communication in a language classroom. The ultimate goal is to let teachers understand in foreign language teaching and assessment is to create contexts and provide opportunities for students to use the language to engage in meaningful communication in real-world situations. The trainees are provided with teaching internship oppotunities in student summer programs in which they can implement their daily lesson plans and thematic units designed in the workshop.

713-745-0883 • franshih@gmail.comhttp://www.txstartalk.org/

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (teacher)

Dallas STARTALK Ice Breaking Program

Chinese • May 14, 2011June 5, 2011
  • University of Texas – Dallas, Richardson, TX

The goal of the Chinese Teacher Program Word to World, in Dallas is to lead the trainees to move beyond word/grammar teaching to focusing on real-world communication in a language classroom. Participants will understand that the ultimate goal in foreign language teaching and assessment is to create contexts and provide opportunities for students to use the language to engage in meaningful communication in real-world situations. To realize the goal, the Program offers 90-hour instruction centering on topics of national standards, performance-based approaches and assessment, second language acquisition, teaching Chinese as a second language, technology for language teaching, curriculum development and daily lesson plan design. Our Program also arranges teaching practicum during the summer in June and July. The Teacher Program starts in May and ends in early June. The workshops are offered during the weekends.

817-415-3161 • andress6628@yahoo.comhttp://www.txstartalk.org

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes (student)

Houston STARTALK Student Program

Chinese • June 6, 2011July 1, 2011
  • Lamar CISD, Rosengerg, TX
  • Conroe ISD, The Woodlands, TX
  • Springbranch ISD, Houston, TX
  • Pearland ISD, Pearland, TX

Houston StarTalk Student Program is a three week summer school program, will engage elementary, middle and high school students in a fun and exciting Chinese learning experience while enabling them to gain a proficiency in Chinese. The theme of the student program is "Your Space, My Space." Through the material and instruction, students use the Chinese langauge to explore their own space and compare with the space of young Chinese people in the spheres of lifestyles, personal preferences, family structure, school activities, and so on. Students learn, through exploration and comparison, that the individual spaces of young people reflect cultural and social uniqueness. The daily program will include three-hour language and one-hour cultural session. Students will have hands-on cultural experience practicing Chinese yoyo, writing calligraphy, drawing Chinese painting, making arts and crafts, learning Chinese folk dancing and others. The program may also include one day field trip to China town to experience the real-world Chinese culture and life style.

713-745-0883 • franshih@gmail.comhttp://www.txstartalk.org/

Consortium of Texas Chinese Language Institutes - Dallas (student)

Dallas STARTALK Ice Breaking Program

Chinese • June 6, 2011July 1, 2011
  • Plano, Plano, TX
  • Southlake, Southlake, TX
  • Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

The goal of the Ice-Breaking Chinese Student Programs, in Dallas aims at raising the awareness of and stimulating the interest in learning Chinese language and culture among elementary, middle- and high-school students. The theme of the student programs is Your Space My Space. Through the material and instruction, students use the Chinese language to explore their own space and compare with the spaces of Chinese young people in the spheres of life style, personal preferences, family structure, school activities, and etc. They will understand the change of the family structure, from multi-generation to the current one-child policy in China as well as the education system in Taiwan and China. Thus, students learn, through exploration and comparison, that individual spaces of young people reflect the cultural and social uniqueness, as well as the similar exciting energy, free spirit, and wild creativity, whether they are in Beijing, Taipei or Houston.

817-415-3161 • andress6628@yahoo.comhttp://www.txstartalk.org

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (student)

Startalk Me to We

Chinese, Hindi • June 1, 2010 June 17, 2010
  • Central Junior High School, Euless, TX

Startalk Me to We is offered from June1-June 17, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily to rising 7th and 10th graders. This tuition-free academy to explore Asian cultures and Hindi or Mandarin Chinese is open to both in-district and out-of-district students. While the program is designed to enhance oral communicative skills, measures of sucess will also include evaluation of some written exercises. The academy will focus on thematic units introducing students to their immediate world as well as communicating in the target language in simulated travel situations. When students can demonstrate through hands-on, activity-based daily exercises, group and individual projects, and other performance-based assessments, their commitment to communicate across borders and cultures, to respect their own culture and others, an awareness of global issues, and confidence to communicate in a language other than their own, we will know that our program outcomes have been met.

817-399-3379 • BhavaniParpia@hebisd.eduhttp://schoolctr.hebisd.edu/startalk

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (student)

Startalk Open Doors

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi • June 6, 2011June 23, 2011
  • Central Junior High School, Euless, TX

Startalk OPEN DOORS, offered from June 6-June 23, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily, is open to rising 7th graders from our district and from surrounding schools. The academy offers a unique, tuition-free opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic speaking worlds. While learning any new language opens the mind to new perspectives, learning a critical need language is crucial for the next generation of global engagement and is an important 21st century skill. True global engagement includes developing skills to communicate and work in global and cross-cultural environments, as well as developing values and perspectives of respect and concern for other cultures and peoples. The program is built to meet the ACTFL standards so that students achieve novice level proficiency. Measures of success will include evaluation of daily oral, written, listening exercises, and performance based assessments. When students can demonstrate, through their daily exercises and their group and individual projects, their commitment to communicate across borders and cultures, respect for their own culture and others, awareness of global issues and confidence to communicate in a language other than their own, we will know that our program goals have been met.

817-399-3379 • BhavaniParpia@hebisd.eduhttp://www.hebisd.edu/edge

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (student)

Startalk Flavors of the World

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi • June 11, 2012June 28, 2012
  • Central Junior High School, Euless, TX

Startalk FLAVORS OF THE WORLD, offered from June 11 -June 28, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday will allow 7th grade students from our district and surrounding schools, as well as our currently enrolled 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders and heritage students of the languages not enrolled in our program a unique, tuition free opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Hindi, Chinese, and Arabic speaking worlds. While learning any new language opens the mind to new perspectives, learning and reinforcing acquired language skills is critical for the next generation of global engagement and is an important 21st century skill. True global engagement includes developing skills to communicate and work in cross-cultural environments, as well as developing values and perspectives of respect and concern for other cultures and peoples.

817-399-3379 • bhavaniparpia@hebisd.eduhttp://www.hebisd.edu

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (student)

This is STARTALK: May I Take Your Order?

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi
  • June 8, 2015June 15, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Central Junior High School, Euless, TX

.HEB ISD’s May I Take Your Order? will provide 3 weeks and 91 hours of student-centered learning and instruction in Hindi, Arabic, or Chinese to rising 6th and 7th graders, and intermediate level practice for 8th-11th grade students. At the end of this academy, we expect students to achieve novice level oral proficiency in their language of choice. The learning outcomes are based on the goals outlined in the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, the state LOTE and IB standards. To meet the novice and intermediate level proficiency, our students will engage in the target language to socialize and provide information. Cultural goals will be achieved when students demonstrate an understanding of some of the cultural practices and perspectives of India, China, or the ME. For example, students will explain the creation of authentic cuisine in simple Hindi, Mandarin, or Arabic and how these practices and perspectives may have changed over time. Resources, including technology, will enable students to use the language to make connections with other cultures and subject areas. Activities will enable students to use the language both within and beyond our school setting.

817-399-7580 Ext. 7580 • tamarahaddad@hebisd.eduhttp://www.hebisd.edu/edge

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (student)

STARTALK Gateway to Asia

Euless, TX • Hindi • June 11, 2009 June 26, 2009
Euless, TX • Chinese • June 11, 2009 June 26, 2009

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Texas, is proud to host the STARTALK Gateway to Asia, an intensive three-week language academy open to rising 7th graders in the district as well as students from surrounding public and private schools. Students enrolled in either Hindi or Mandarin Chinese will be given an opportunity to explore both the language and the cultures of South Asia and East Asia. The program is limited to 100 students— 50 for each language, 25 in each classroom—so that the class sizes remain small and the quality of the program is maintained. The academy runs from June 11-June 26, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During the academy, daily conversational exercises will allow students to practice their vocabulary. Student portfolios will include self-assessments, completed work and projects, and summative assessments. Field trips to the Crow Museum of Asian Art and other centers of learning are planned to enhance the learning experiences of our students.

817 399-3379 • BhavaniParpia@hebisd.eduhttp://www.hebisd.edu/edge

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (student)

Startalk One World

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi • June 17, 2013June 27, 2013
  • KEYS High School, Euless, TX

Startalk ONE WORLD, offered from June 17 -June 27, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday will allow 7th grade students from our district and surrounding schools, as well as our currently enrolled 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders and heritage students of the languages not enrolled in our program a unique, tuition free opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Arabic, Hindi, and Chinese speaking worlds. While learning any new language opens the mind to new perspectives, learning and reinforcing acquired language skills is critical for the next generation of global engagement and is an important 21st century skill. True global engagement includes developing skills to communicate and work in cross-cultural environments, as well as developing values and perspectives of respect and concern for other cultures and peoples.

817-399-3379 • bhavaniparpia@hebisd.eduhttp://www.hebisd.edu/edge

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (student)

Startalk Travels in Time

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi
  • June 9, 2014June 26, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Central Junior High School, Euless, TX

Startalk TRAVELS IN TIME, offered from June 9- June 26 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday (week one) and Monday through Thursday (weeks 2 and 3) will allow rising 7th graders from our district and surrounding schools, a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Hindi, Chinese, and Arabic speaking worlds. This academy is also open to our currently enrolled novice mid/high/ intermediate low students to continue their target language practice as well as to be role models to the noivce low students. While learning any new language opens the mind to new perspectives, acquiring language skills and appreciating different cultures is critical for the next generation of global engagement. True global engagement includes developing skills to communicate in cross-cultural environments, and developing respect for other cultures and peoples. Startalk helps to build a continuum of language development from grade 7 through 12. It continues to be one of our most successful recruiting tools for our middle and high school language program. HEB ISD remains at the cutting edge of education by offering critical languages like Hindi, Mandarin, and Arabic, and giving students a chance to continue their language learning beyond the summer.

817-399-3379 • bhavaniparpia@hebisd.eduhttp://www.hebisd.edu/edge

Indus Arts Council (student)

Indus Arts STARTALK Urdu Program

Urdu
  • June 9, 2014June 26, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • INDUS ARTS STARTALK URDU PROGRAM, HOUSTON, TX

The Indus Arts Council Urdu STARTALK Program will offer an exciting fifteen-day hands on learning opportunity to 50 local upper elementary and middle school students to improve their Urdu language skills and their familiarity with Urdu culture. Students will improve their proficiency in Urdu language and culture through an engaging curriculum that integrates age appropriate content goals with language learning and cultural goals. The program will also strengthen students’ ties with the local Urdu-speaking community and it will help promote the study of and awareness of Urdu and its culture in the Houston area. According to 2010 Census figures, Houston is home to approximately 50,000 South Asian Americans, representing the 5 fifth largest concentration of South Asians in the US. Within this population approximately 45% are Pakistani Urdu speakers, with the remainder mostly Indian American. A large proportion of Houston-area Indian Americans are also Urdu speakers. The Urdu speaking community is tightly knit and active in organizing community cultural events. Despite this large population of Urdu speakers committed to preserving Urdu culture, there are few opportunities for Urdu instruction in Houston. Our organization aims to remedy this situation by offering this program.

281-772-8157 • indusartscouncil@gmail.comhttp://www.indusartscouncil.org
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