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2020 Application Window Open

We are pleased to announce the opening of the application window for summer STARTALK programs. STARTALK solicits proposals to run summer programs for student language learning and teacher professional development. For 2020, grants will support programs for students and teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The application window for summer 2020 programs runs from September 12 to October 24. Updated application information and details about several upcoming webinars for applicants can be found on the STARTALK website:

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STARTALK's Mission

STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.



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