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The East-West School of International Studies (student)

East-West Korean Language Summer Program

  • July 8, 2015August 12, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program, Flushing, NY

The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program at the East-West School of International Studies will provide five weeks of language and cultural immersion to secondary school non-native Korean language speakers or those who wish to become more familiar with the language and culture. This program will expand the teaching and learning of Korean through a rigorous and engaging curriculum to promote effective learning of the language. It will engage students through Korean arts, music, dance, cooking, and cultural immersion in the local Korean community of Flushing, Queens.

718-353-0009 Ext. 5056 •

The Partnership to Advance Learning (teacher)

Teachers Mentoring Teachers: Building the STARTALK Legacy

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Russian
  • August 10, 2015August 21, 2015: Module 1 (Developing Learning Targets) (online)
  • August 17, 2015August 28, 2015: Module 2 (Checking for Understanding) (online)
  • August 24, 2015September 4, 2015: Module 3 (Conducting Performance Assessment) (online)
  • Memphis, TN

Designed for any teacher as well as instructional leads in STARTALK programs, this online course will help participants use resources identified by the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Project to increase their effectiveness. Participants will be able to complete up to 100 hours of professional learning through four online modules. Module 1 will provide an in-depth look at choosing learning targets not only focused on language and cultural competencies, but also how to develop “LEARNING TARGETS” that allow learners to connect and compare to other content areas, and demonstrate their learning in their community. Module 2 will provide the opportunity to see how carefully identified learning targets ease a teachers implementation of strategies for “USING THE TARGET LANGUAGE” and providing comprehensible input. Module 3 will ask participants to develop an understanding of the role of assessment in meeting the National Standards through the development of their own “PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS.” Module 4 will ask participants to reflect on their own effectiveness and develop a growth plan based on the “TELL PROJECT”. Each module includes videos, readings, threaded discussions, coaching sessions, and online chats with expert consultants. Within each module, participants will have a choice of assessment tasks to demonstrate their learning.

901-734-0871 • info@advance-learning.org

The Pennsylvania State University (teacher)

STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State: A Blended Learning Professional Development Program for Teachers

Arabic • Residential Program
  • May 20, 2015June 17, 2015: online preparation (online)
  • June 21, 2015June 26, 2015: onsite workshop (face-to-face)
  • July 20, 2015July 31, 2015: online follow-up (online)
  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

This partly residential, partly online professional development program for teachers of Arabic – at middle school, high school, and college levels – welcomes new teachers, graduate students planning careers to include teaching Arabic, teachers of other subjects preparing to offer Arabic, and experienced teachers of Arabic seeking to learn and share current methodologies. This blended learning program includes (1) on-line preparation, May 20-June 17; (2) an on-campus residential workshop at Penn State, June 21-26; and (3) on-line follow up, July 20-31. The on-campus workshop runs parallel with our STARTALK elementary Arabic program for high school and college students. The teacher program provides practice in innovative teaching methods for Modern Standard Arabic, focusing on helping teachers remain in the target language (using little or no English) in the classroom. Participants earn university credits upon completion of the program. Tuition and fees for two credits will be paid by the Academy. Participants may enroll for a third credit, not paid by the Academy. For the duration of the residential workshop, overnight accommodations and partial cost of meals will be provided and paid by the Academy. We anticipate that accommodations will be in a hotel located within walking distance to campus.

814-863-4288 • smd18@psu.edu

The Pennsylvania State University (student)

STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State: A College Credit Program for High School and College Students to Learn Arabic

  • June 11, 2015July 8, 2015: STARTALK Arabic Academy (face-to-face)
  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

The STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State's University Park Campus, now in its seventh year, is an ambitious, intensive summer language program for 20 high school and college students to begin their study of Arabic while earning university credits. This 4-week program, which is taught by an experienced, multinational team of instructors, provides students with four and a half hours of classes Monday through Friday mornings; opportunities to practice the language, learn more about the culture, and relax over lunchtime; and afternoon immersion sessions twice weekly. As in previous years, we plan to use Skype or similar technology for interactions with students in Morocco. Our student-centered, communicative approach is designed to enable beginners to enjoy using Modern Standard Arabic in class from the start. Our curriculum includes many activities focused on a theme that reflects authentic and diverse situations in the Arabic-speaking world, while providing a realistic context for developing students' speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural skills. For Summer 2015, our theme will be "Let's Open a Restaurant!" Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn Penn State university credits (4 credits of Arabic 001). Students receive scholarships that pay most (usually 75%-90%) of the tuition cost.

814-863-4288 • smd18@psu.edu

The Trustees of Indiana University (student)

STARTALK Swahili for Indiana Middle and High Schools

  • June 15, 2015July 10, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The proposed four week program for Indiana 8th to 12th graders will continue to focus on the theme ‘Virtual Visit to East Africa’. Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington, successfully directed Swahili language and culture program since 2010. We propose to have three sections: Section 1 for students who will be studying Swahili for the first time; Section 2 for students who were in Section 1 in summer 2014 program; and Section 3 will be a combined section for students who have participated in previous programs and are above Novice High level of proficiency. As in past programs, we will focus on the STARTALK Endorsed Principles: Students centered classrooms that integrate: 5Cs of the National Foreign language Standards (Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Community); Connecting Language, Culture and Content; Using of the target language over 90% of the time; Using authentic materials; Differentiating language instruction (especially in the combined section); continuous performance based assessment. We will also integrate the STELLA model. Each week will focus on a specific cultural theme relevant to East Africa.

812-855-3323 • aomar@indiana.edu

The University of Mississippi (student)

Mississippi StarTalk 9

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 29, 2015July 28, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Mississippi, University (Oxford), MS

Mississippi StarTalk 9 is a program funded by the Federal government to provide high school students with intensive instruction in Chinese on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford during the Second Summer Session. In addition to studying Chinese inside and outside of the classroom, students will participate in a cultural program introducing them to China, its people, and its culture. Students will receive StarTalk scholarships that cover the cost of their instruction and books, and provide them with housing and meals on the Ole Miss campus. All students who complete the program will receive college credit in Mandarin Chinese. Current high school sophomores and juniors with outstanding academic records may apply to the StarTalk Program. Up to thirty students will be selected to participate in the program upon consideration of their academic record, letters of recommendation, and personal essay. Students who have never studied Chinese are encouraged to apply. Students who have also studied Chinese for one or two years may apply as well, and a higher-level course may be offered depending on the background of the applicants.

662-915-7298 • mldyer@olemiss.edu

The University of Texas at El Paso (student)


Arabic, Portuguese
  • July 1, 2015July 31, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

STARTALK at UTEP is a three-week summer language program designed to introduce 50 high school juniors and seniors to Arabic/Portuguese Language. They will be divided into two groups of 25 students. The program will have two sections for Arabic and two sections for Portuguese where 12-13 students will be in each section. Selected students will participate in 90 hours of language instruction. Summer language acquisition will be maintained and expanded during the subsequent school year, through participation in monthly face-to-face /virtual (Google hangout) language and cultural experiences. Upon completion of the program students will have developed a novice/mid-novice level of Arabic and novice-high/intermediate low of Portuguese meeting the relevant ACTFL language acquisition standards in the four skills for learning a second language by addressing the pivotal five C’s.

915-747-5809 • macontreras@utep.edu

The University of Vermont (teacher)

Promoting Chinese Language Instruction through Professional Development

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 26, 2015August 8, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Burlington, VT

The teacher program of StarTalk Vermont intents to provide opportunities for 10 Chinese language teachers from across the nation to upgrade their knowledge and skills in instruction by developing a comprehensive understanding of the StarTalk Principles and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The participants will have 104 hours of instructional time, including daily coaching by a Lead Instructor, presentations and lectures given by experts, lesson design with consultation of the experts, and reflections on the activities they are engaged in as compared with their teaching practices in schools. The participants will apply what they learn to practice by teaching in the student program so that each teacher will have several opportunities for instruction. The program will last for 13 days, and a pre-program assignment on StarTalk Principles, the 5 C's, and the Coaching approcah is required. Follow-up contacts will be maintained through E-mail, Skype sessions, and telephone calls after the program. Certain technology approaches will be applied to the teacher program for instruction and for management of the program.

802-989-5402 • javery@rnesu.org

The University of Vermont (student)

Developing Teacher Capacity, Generating Student Interest

Chinese • Residential Program
  • August 1, 2015August 7, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Burlington, VT

The student program is a component of StarTalk Vermont. It serves high school students from Vermont and the schools in states that border Vermont, who are interested in learning the Chinese language yet have no access to the language in their schools. Those who have learned the language are not eligible. During the seven-day program, the students will study the Chinese language and experience certain aspects of Chinese culture with the teachers in the StarTalk Vermont teacher program.

330-831-8838 • glong@crestviewlocal.k12.oh.us

TROY University (teacher)

TROY-STARTALK Teacher Program (Chinese) 2015

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 28, 2015July 12, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • TROY-STARTALK (Troy), Troy, AL

TROY University offers a fun and challenging two-week intensive Chinese language camp for highly motivated pre- and in-service Chinese language teachers. Participants will live and study with experienced bilingual Chinese language professors and teachers from Confucius Institute and College of Education of TROY University. All participants pledge to speak only Chinese from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day with paired students. Participants study in a small class of 12 students each morning and engage in fun hands-on activities each afternoon designed to build language skills while introducing China’s rich cultural diversity to paired students. Participants will try their hands at Chinese paper folding, Chinese cooking, Dragon Dance, Tai Chi, Chinese traditional dances, and games. Each participant will join an on-line community to help stay in touch with their language partners after the program concludes. The program is open to all pre- and in-service teachers with near-native proficiency in the Chinese language and graduate level mastery of English for the studies of language teaching theories. All expenses during the two-week residential program are covered after the participants at TROY University. Troy’s gorgeous campus offers beautiful walking trails and a picturesque lake for everybody to enjoy outside of class.

334-808-6154 • startalk@troy.edu

TROY University (student)

TROY-STARTALK Student Program (Chinese) 2015

Chinese • Residential Program
  • June 28, 2015July 12, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • TROY-STARTALK (Troy), Troy, AL

TROY University offers a fun and challenging two-week intensive Chinese language camp for highly motivated high school students. Students will live and study with experienced Chinese language teachers and bilingual camp counsellors from Confucius Institute and College of Education of TROY University. All students pledge to speak only Chinese from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Students study in small classes of 12 students each morning and engage in fun hands-on activities each afternoon designed to build language skills while introducing China’s rich cultural diversity. Students will try their hands at Chinese paper folding, Chinese cooking, Dragon Dance, Tai Chi, Chinese traditional dances, and games. Each student participant will join an on-line community to help stay in touch with their language partners after the program concludes. The program is open to high school students with at least one year of Chinese language or the equivalent in other languages. All expenses during the two-week residential program are covered after the students arrive at TROY University. Troy’s gorgeous campus offers beautiful walking trails and a picturesque lake for students to enjoy outside of class.

334-808-6154 • startalk@troy.edu

U & H Properties LLC (student)

Young Learners of Hindi and Urdu Languages

Hindi, Urdu
  • August 3, 2015August 22, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Warnsdorfer Elementary School, East Brunswick, NJ

“Lets Get Arty: Learn Hindi-Urdu Creatively" is a theme-based, standards driven, three weeks program that is designed to integrate Indian and Pakistani art and traditions with language learning and cultural goals. This program is designed for both heritage and non-heritage students from grades K-2. Differentiated instructional strategies will accommodate the varied needs of lower elementary students who are from heritage and non-heritage backgrounds. Age appropriate play based language learning activities will be embedded to accommodate the needs of the young learners in daily instruction. Performance based assessments will measure students’ gain of Hindi and Urdu language proficiency.

201-790-2001 • hmohiuddin@gmail.com

UCLA Center for World Languages (teacher)

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop: Materials Development

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Urdu • Residential Program
  • June 28, 2015July 2, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • UCLA Center for World Languages/NHLRC, Los Angeles, CA

In spite of the large number of Heritage Language Learners (HLL) in K-16 classrooms, language instructors in the U.S. are not prepared to teach them and few methodologies, curricula, or materials for teaching HLLs are available. This challenge is compounded in all STARTALK languages because they are less commonly taught and the teachers are often required to create their own materials. This teacher workshop is designed to help language teachers learn how to develop suitable materials for their students by focusing on instructional materials that answer the needs of HLLs. The workshop will be designed to impart the principles and methods of HL materials development. The workshop also aims to create a cohort of language teachers who will be leaders and mentors in the field of HL instruction. We hope that teachers who participate in the workshop will commit to re-teaching “lessons learned” at their institution or in their region when they return home. The instructors are Dr. Olga Kagan, UCLA ,and Dr. Maria Carreira, CSULB.

310-825-2510 • kathryn@humnet.ucla.edu

UCLA Center for World Languages (student)

High School Heritage Languge Program: Korean, Persian, Russian

Korean, Persian, Russian
  • July 6, 2015July 30, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • UCLA High School Language Program, Los Angeles, CA

The UCLA Center for World Languages (CWL) and the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) offer three specialized language courses for high school students this summer 2015. The language classes are designed for heritage speakers of Korean/Persian/Russian who speak, understand and/or hear their family language at home and want to learn to read, write and expand their listening and speaking skills. Classes run for four weeks starting July 6th, from 9 am to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday. Class size is limited to 15 students per course.

310-825-2510 • karapetian@international.ucla.edu

UCLA Center for World Languages (teacher)

Online Certificate for Heritage Language Instruction

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish
  • September 1, 2015September 15, 2015: Program segment (online)
  • UCLA Center for World Languages/NHLRC, Los Angeles, CA

Since 2009, the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) has held annual week-long summer workshops at UCLA that have aimed to train teachers of STARTALK languages in heritage language (HL) pedagogy, in particular, methodologies, materials and curricula. In order to promote greater access to the material covered in our summer workshops, we will develop the first phase (3 modules) of an online Certificate in HL Instruction. When completed, the online certificate will consist of six modules that are based on the curriculum of our past face-to-face summer workshops, our reflections on this content, participants’ evaluations, and comments from STARTALK observers. Portions of the online certificate will be piloted this summer with participants from past Heritage Language Teacher Workshops.

310-825-2510 •

University  of  New  Hampshire (student)

UNH  Startalk  Chinese  Camp

  • June 20, 2015July 4, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • UNH Startalk Chinese Camp, Durham, NH

University of New Hampshire (student) UNH Startalk Summer Chinese Program Chinese • June 20, 2016– July 3, 2016 The UNH 2015 STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp is a non-residential program co-sponsored by UNH LLC. Experienced language teachers will lead the camp's cultural and linguistic activities. Thirty-six students, in grades 5 through 11 will be divided into novice and intermediate accordingly to develop basic Mandarin Chinese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with a focus on simple and healthful Chinese cooking. In addition to intensive language/cooking lessons, students will participate in daily cultural activities that will reinforce language learning and a greater appreciation of Chinese cooking. Other cultural activities may include Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, kite making and flying, martial arts, Chinese music such as the pipa, and erhu, ping-pong, and a field trip to Boston's Chinatown to do grocery shopping. Students will need to cook their own lunch most of the time through guided instructions. There will be two more days of post program activities centered around the celebration of Chinese New Year In early Feb of 2016 (voluntary only). Students will be able to demonstrate what they have learned in the summer camp, 603-862-3121 • •

603-862-3123 • lina.lee@unh.edu

University Enterprises Corporation at CSUSB (student)

STARTALK Arabic Summer Language Intensive Program

Arabic • Residential Program
  • June 24, 2015August 14, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

The Arabic program develops students' language proficiency while they learn about the richness and diversity of Arabic cultures. Students receive 400 hours of instruction/directed activities and earn 18-22 quarter-units of college credit. ACTFL’s 5-Cs are integrated as participants develop all Communicative Modes: they make oral/written presentations; they listen/watch/read authentic material as they engage in interpretive tasks; they converse through interpersonal oral (face-to-face, & phone) and electronic media by texting, blogging, and skypeing. They Connect their language learning experience by reinforcing it with knowledge from other disciplines (ceramics, calligraphy, architecture, environment, politics, folkloric dance) and acquire distinctive viewpoints by interacting with members of the Arab community through field trips, guest speakers, and language tutors. They gain Cultural knowledge by investigating the relationship between the practices, products and perspectives of the Arab people. They Compare and explore, and appreciate their own as well as the Arab cultures, and they develop Communities by using the language inside and outside the classroom by learning about career and academic opportunities for lifelong development of their language skills and personal enrichment. The program provides pre-and-post sessions opportunities for high school and college students.

909-537-5814 • ddoueiri@csusb.edu

University of California, Berkeley (teacher)

The Berkeley STARTALK Mandarin Language and Culture Teacher Program

  • June 12, 2015June 25, 2015: Online Program (online)
  • June 26, 2015July 10, 2015: Onsite Program (face-to-face)
  • Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA

The 2015 Berkeley STARTALK Teacher Program offers 2-week online program (June 12-25) and 2-week onsite program (June 26-July 10; no weekend class). The online portion offers 1) reading, exercises, and discussions on National and State Standards, STARTALK Endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning, Chinese linguistics/pedagogical grammar, backward design, and using target language to teach; 2) Demo lesson critiques (using short lessons taped in mentor teachers classrooms and/or STARTALK Classroom Video Collections; 3) Unit and lesson planning in groups with support from mentor teachers; 4)a technology workshop introducing technology applications for the 2015 STARTALK Program and for Chinese language classrooms. The first week of onsite program will focus on reinforcing online learning with hands-on projects including, 1)unit and lesson planning in groups with support from instructor and mentor teachers; 2) microteaching using lessons designed in groups; and 3) an information session focusing on California Teaching Credential (licensure). The second week of the onsite program will include mentor teachers' teaching demos and teacher participants' microteaching in real classroom setting.The program will recruit volunteer middle and high school students to be taught by the teacher participants in a real classroom setting during the second week of the onsite program (July 6-July 10).

510-642-8390 • stellakwoh@berkeley.edu

University of Central Florida (student)

STARTALK: Preparation for a Business Trip to Russia

  • July 6, 2015July 25, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • STARTALK: Preparation for a Business Trip to Russia, Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida Russian Program subscribes to the philosophy that you cannot understand a foreign culture unless you speak the language. Our Russian program is an important asset to the nation's strategic language reserve and teaches a critical language targeted in the National Security Language Initiative program. In today’s global community doing business with other cultures has become inevitable. Our program focuses on Russian language and cultural understanding in the business world for future business leaders. The theme is “Preparation for a Business Trip to Russia”. In 2012 Russia became a new player in the World Trade Organization, exposing itself as a place of opportunity for American business. Mutual misunderstanding of culture between Americans and Russians has caused deleterious repercussions that have hindered healthy, peaceful business relationships.“Preparation for a Business Trip to Russia” is a three-week summer program offered to prospective and current UCF undergraduate students (50-60 students) with no or a little knowledge of Russian.Students will meet from 9a.m.-3p.m., Monday- Friday for a total of ninety hours of instruction, extra-curricular activities, and field trips.We intend to achieve a proficiency in Russian Language and an understanding of Russian Culture necessary for a business trip to Russia.

407-823-0908 • alla.kourova@ucf.edu

University of Hawaii (teacher)

Hawaii Teacher Training Institute

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 2, 2015July 24, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

STARTALK-Hawaii will recruit 10 talented pre- and inservice teachers of Chinese to spend 25 days in Honolulu, immersed in a program to improve how they teach Chinese to primarily secondary school learners, although the approaches may be adapted for other learners. The Teacher Training Institute runs concurrently with the STARTALK Hawaii Chinese Language Camp for 20 students, ages 12 to 17, led by four master teachers and one assistant teacher. During the first three days of the Institute, teachers will be immersed in theory and its implementation, through live instruction, demonstrations, experiential classes in which the participants become students, and feedback sessions. Instruction and discussions will focus on the STARTALK principles and incorporate TBLT (Task-based Language Teaching) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Story-telling) approaches (teachers choose one strand for a focus). For the first week of the student camp, trainees will watch, dissect, and reflect on lessons taught by the lead instructors. Beginning in the second week, they will help teach. All lessons are critiqued using back channeling and in feedback sessions. Some segments may be video recorded. Teacher trainees will pay airfare and $500 towards housing. Tuition, board, excursions and materials are covered by STARTALK.

808-956-2692 • cyndy@hawaii.edu

University of Hawaii (student)

Hawaii Chinese Camp and Institute

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 6, 2015July 24, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

The 2015 STARTALK Chinese Language Camp at the University of Hawaii will enroll 20 students between the ages of 12 and 17 with limited or no previous exposure to Chinese. The integrated 3-week residential program combines TBLT (task-based language teaching) and TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading & storytelling) approaches to listening, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese; language instruction through technology and media; STEM-oriented and cultural classes conducted in the target language; instruction in Chinese martial arts; Chinese language training via improvisational theatre; and experiential activities conducted in the local environment. It is led by four nationally known key instructors, a talented STARTALK-Hawaii alumnus teacher, four Confucius Institute teachers who are STARTALK-Hawaii alumni, and at least 10 highly motivated teacher-trainees from the concurrent Teacher Training Institute. Students will be exposed to an energized/energizing program in Mandarin Chinese that will not only teach them culturally appropriate language basics in all four skills, but will motivate them to seek out language-learning and -using opportunities long after camp is over.

808-956-2692 • cyndy@hawaii.edu

University of Houston (teacher)

STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston 2015

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 6, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston, Houston, TX

The STARTALK Texas Teacher Program at the University of Houston offers a Chinese language teacher training July 6–17 with a follow-up session, Nov. 1, 2015. We offer a 3-credit graduate course (Studies of Chinese Language Acquisition) which can be applied towards Teacher Certification in Chinese, teacher certificate renewal, or a MA degree in teaching Chinese. Participants will receive a certificate upon their completion of the program. The program curriculum include 1) conceptualization of the National Standards by applying the standards to theme-/content-based curriculum design and learner-centered instruction, 2) examination of research in second language acquisition and Chinese language instruction on form, meaning, and function, 3) backward design: application of the theories to CFL curriculum and instruction; using the theory and teaching principles, 4) discussion on Chinese vocabulary instruction, 5) performance-based assessments with a focus on "what students can do with language" and 6) Chinese linguistics for Chinese teachers. Chinese language teachers from K-12 schools, community colleges, and Chinese heritage schools are welcome to apply. We also welcome out-of-state teachers who are willing to pay for transportation and a partial of the room cost. Participants must have an undergraduate degree. Application deadline: April 27th, 2015. Please fill an online application:

713-743-3007 • mjgutierrez@uh.edu

University of Iowa (teacher)

Bridging the Gap Through Standards and Technology: STARTALK-2015 Program for Russian Teachers

Russian • Residential Program
  • June 22, 2015July 17, 2015: Online Program segment (online)
  • July 20, 2015July 22, 2015: On-site Program segment (3 full days) (face-to-face)
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Our five-week program “Bridging the Gap through Standards and Technology: STARTALK-2015 Program for Russian Teachers” provides unique professional training for a group of current and future teachers of Russian as a foreign language in the U.S. at K-12 and college level. Our first goal is to train teachers in methodology of teaching Russian as a foreign language, introduce them to a combined set of the U.S. and Russian standards of Russian language teaching and guide their work on learning objects that adhere to these standards. Our second goal is to provide technology training in the development of standards-based innovative computer-based learning objects. Our third goal is to educate our participants about distance learning contexts to keep Russian programs more competitive and to ensure their successful work in this new educational context that is often criticized as challenging for learning a foreign language. The program (120 instructional hours) starts with a four-week online module on June 22, 2015 and ends with a three-day on-site workshop and conference at the University of Iowa (July 20-22).

319-621-2196 • irina-kostina@uiowa.edu

University of Massachusetts Boston (student)

UMASS Boston STARTALK Mandarin Summer Camp

  • July 6, 2015July 24, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Bentley University, Waltham, MA

The 15-day, intensive Mandarin Language Summer Camp is open to Massachusetts students in grades 6-12. Four levels of Chinese language classes led by experienced instructors will be held at Bentley University, Waltham, MA. The language curriculum will focus on the theme “My Past, Present and Future in Mandarin” to build on students’ everyday knowledge, daily experience, and individual interests. The summer language courses will prepare students to converse about school life, compare their schedules and activities, and prepare for future studies in the U.S. and in China. Sub-themes will provide vocabulary, dialogue topics and group and independent projects that will enable students to learn quickly and at an appropriate level, while the camp-wide theme will facilitate students speaking Mandarin to each other and with native speakers. The language content is complimented by “electives” such as Chinese art, dance, skits and performances; food, games, and ping pong. A series of language-exchange meetings with high school students from Beijing will provide opportunity to converse and participate in school and language-based activities (without having to travel to China). The exchange of language combined with creative cultural activities is intended to get students to start-talking and promote motivation to become life-long learners of Mandarin.

617-869-0295 •

University of Massachusetts Boston (teacher)

UMASS Boston STARTALK Summer Institute for Teachers of Chinese

Chinese • Residential Program
  • July 7, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Bentley University, Waltham, MA

The China Program Center at UMass Boston is offering an experiential Summer Institute to current Chinese language instructors, students preparing to become language instructors, or those pursuing employment in public, private and independent schools. The UMass-STARTALK Institutional Goals include to familiarize participants with the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, and current theories in second language acquisition; to promote understanding of American school culture and effective classroom practices; to learn student-centered pedagogy and apply it to the teaching of Chinese; to write curriculum units based the National Standards for Foreign Language Education and the STARTALK curriculum template Upon completion, participants will be able to grasp and discuss the ACTFL World- Readiness Standards and STARTALK-endorsed principles and be able to implement best practices in lesson planning and classrooms. Participants will write a standards-based, thematically organized curriculum and present it for peer and faculty review at a follow-up day two months after the conclusion of the institute.

617-338-9385 •
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