STARTALK 2015 - Programs in PA

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Berks County Intermediate Unit (student)

STARTALK 2015: Language Learning through Performing Art

  • June 12, 2015June 12, 2015: Program Segment (online)
  • June 15, 2015June 30, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Alvernia University, Reading, PA

For the fourth year, the Berks County Intermediate Unit, Reading Pennsylvania, will hold an immersive Chinese language summer camp. STARTALK 2015: Language Learning Through Performing Arts will provide 50 incoming grade 7-12 students with an intensive language learning experience. Students will participate in language classes based on their incoming level of expertise. Taiji, Peking opera, puppetry and other cultural pieces will be included daily. A community performance and a field trip to Washington D.C. are the concluding pieces of the camp.

610-987-8639 • suecal@berksiu.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

University of Pennsylvania (student)

UPenn Hindi-Urdu Startalk Program

Hindi, Urdu • Residential Program
  • July 13, 2015July 31, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The UPenn Hindi-Urdu Startalk Program will offer instruction in Hindi and Urdu to 25 undergraduate and high school students. The program will take place from July 13-31 and will meet Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Students will learn to communicate through a hands-on, student-centered, and standards-based curriculum that will highlight both commonalities and diverse elements in Hindi and Urdu language and culture. Students will experience South Asia through virtual visits to its various regions. The program includes for-credit and non-credit, as well as residential and non-residential options. It offers tuition and housing scholarships for students interested in pursuing the for-credit option.

831-383-9913 •

University of Pittsburgh (student)

University of Pittsburgh STARTALK Summer Russian Language School

Russian • Residential Program
  • June 22, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg Campus, Greensburg, PA

The University of Pittsburgh STARTALK Summer Russian Language School (SLRS) will host 20 high school students from Pittsburgh Brashear High School and Prizker College Prep, a public charter school in Chicago. The SLRS will be held on Pitt's Greensburg campus from June 22-July 17, 2015. It will offer Russian I for absolute beginners and Russian II for students who have had one year of high school instruction. The curriculum will be based on the theme “Cultural Diversity in Russia,” focusing on both ethnic diversity and the diversity of youth and popular culture in contemporary Russia, including music, film, television, print media and internet culture. Classroom instruction will be learner-centered and focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Classes will be held Monday through Friday with five formal daily contact hours for a total of 100 classroom hours during the program, plus 60 informal contact hours including lunch, study and conversation groups, evening activities and weekend field trips. Students will live in the dorms and be expected to remain on the Greensburg campus for the duration of the program.

412-648-9881 • das200@pitt.edu

Yuva Hindi Sansthan, Inc. (student)


  • July 27, 2015August 14, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Nash Elementary Shool, Harleysville, PA

YHS STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Camp 2015, a three-week (105 hours) immersion program for 45 primary and middle school students, is based on national standards and STARTALK endorsed principles for effective learning and teaching. This project-based program will provide opportunities to use the language in a variety of core subjects, a field trip and extra-mural activities-all in target language. Prior to the program students will be provided online materials in order to help them familiarize with Hindi alphabets, words and phrases and audio-visual content. In the post-program period we will guide students to complete online activities in order to help them continue their Hindi learning. We will dedicate three hours for direct language instruction with additional time for art, craft, music and dance-all feeding systematically into the vocabulary and structures introduced in the language classes. By the end of the program students will able to handle simple communicative tasks and social situations with increased quantity and quality of speech. They will understand and comprehend many requests and courtesy expressions, read simple connected texts with increased understanding, create with the language and describe familiar and unfamiliar real-life situations while producing evidences of their learning the language and related culture.

732-339-9099 •
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