Find a Summer Program

All STARTALK 2020 summer programs will be deferred to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. These programs are listed below. Please check back for information on program dates early next year.

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    Glastonbury Public Schools (Student Program)

    Discover Chinese & Discover Russian

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    This program is a three-week intensive program that is designed to move students forward in their Chinese and Russian language proficiency development. It incorporates learners from grades 1-12 (Chinese) and 3-12 (Russian) from the Novice to the Intermediate-low levels, where beginning in grades 1-6, the students experience a content-related FLES program that introduces them to the Chinese or Russian language and culture. In grades 7-12, students are placed according to their previous learning experience in level 1-4 classes, in Chinese, or level 1-2 classes in Russian. There will be approximately twenty students at the elementary level and forty at the middle/high school levels for a total of 45 instructional hours for elementary and 90 hours for secondary students. The program will run from July 6 - July 24, 2020, with a theme for the 2020 Chinese program of "Contemporary China: Beijing." The theme of the Russian program is "Contemporary Russia: St. Petersburg."

    Contact(s)
    (860) 652-7200 ext 12030
    wildmanj@glastonburyus.org
    Program Website

    Glastonbury Public Schools (Practicum Teacher Program)

    Lead with Chinese & Lead with Russian

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    This program provides a three-week session for six practicum participants in Chinese and three practicum participants in Russian to learn to deliver instruction that focuses on strategies to create comprehensible input and improve interpretive skills and to be able to partner with other educators to expand their understanding of language development. The practicum participants will work hand in hand with the instructional leads to plan and deliver lessons to students at different proficiency levels from novice-mid to intermediate-mid. Participants will represent different areas of the country and will come from different levels of teaching. Participants will have a total of 90 hours of in-person instruction, which include 19 total days, 15 of them with students and 4 of them in professional development. Practicum participants will create learning plans that demonstrate their ability to create comprehensible input in the target language and will expand their understanding of how people learn a second language.

    Contact(s)
    (201) 265-5265
    drjdowd@aol.com
    Program Website

    Northeastern University (Student Program)

    Program for the Future

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    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

    AKEEP (Student Program)

    AKEEP STARTALK: Catch the K-wave!

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Pike Road School, Pike Road, AL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    AKEEP STARTALK: “Catch the K-Wave!” is an all-day 3-week, Korean language immersion camp from 8 am to 3 pm, for students to gain foreign language credit for a middle or high school course that is jointly provided by AKEEP (Alabama-Korea Education & Economic Partnership) and Pike Road School District. Thirty (30) diverse learners, both non-heritage and heritage rising 6th and up to 12th graders are invited to apply by completing: an application, an in-person interview, and a simple written assessment test in order to group students based on their language acquisition and proficiency level so that both new and returning students can strive to obtain proficiency levels ranging from Novice Low to Intermediate Low of the ACTFL language proficiency indicators upon completion of the program. A total 120 hours includes an orientation, daily face-to-face instruction 3 proficiency levels, a 4-hour graduation preparation and ceremony, and more to maximize all students’ performance outcomes.
    They will compare and relate to the after-school cultures in Korea vs American middle & high schoolers and learn authentic language using popular K-pop and K-drama to continue our program name “Catch the K-Wave” and with a theme “after school with friends.” Finally, they will learn various communication modes & skills and practical presentational skills by using K-pop songs and K-dramas as interpretive mode tools to learning how to communicate with their friends and family in the Korean language and culturally appropriate manner through art, music, dance, drama, and skits as part of completion in the graduation and award ceremony.

    Contact(s)
    (334) 625-8515
    seeMeesoon@akeep.org
    Program Website

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Student Program)

    Virginia Beach Summer STARTALK Academies

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Kempsville Meadows Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Virginia Beach STARTALK Academies seek to provide easily accessible, free opportunities for immersive language and culture learning to students throughout the school division, reflecting the diverse learners in our community. 45 fifth grade students will be selected by lottery for each of the two novice language strands: Chinese and Russian. Up to 15 students from each language from last summer’s program will participate in advanced classes. The program will be held from June 22 to July 16, 2020, Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM.

    Contact(s)
    (757) 263-1469
    kelly.arble@vbschools.com
    Program Website

    George Mason University (Demonstration Teacher Program)

    Task-based learning: Technology connecting tools

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • GMU StarTalk 2020, Fairfax, VA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Our program will emphasize Task-based Language Learning: Using Technology as Connecting Tools. OUTCOMES – teacher participants will construct standards-based units of learning; create learning plans that address the unique needs and interests of students; and actively engage in processes to analyze and reflect on their teaching practices. These are based on three TELL Criteria – PL 1, PL 3, and PR 4. Number of participants and their teaching levels will be 15 pre and in-service teachers from K-16 public, private, heritage, and parochial schools. Duration of the program is June 15- July 3rd – a total of one hundred twelve instructional hours.

    Contact(s)
    (540) 270-8606
    mhaley@gmu.edu
    Program Website

    Jefferson Joint School District 251 (Student Program)

    JSD STARTALK Chinese Summer Camp

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Rigby Middle School, Rigby, ID
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The JSD STARTALK Chinese Summer Camp is an opportunity for 70 rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth- grade students from Jefferson Joint School District 251 with a language proficiency range of Novice High to Intermediate Mid to join for an intensive linguistic and cultural experience in Chinese. The camp aims to move Novice-High students toward Intermediate-Low and Intermediate-Low and -Mid students solidly into Intermediate-Mid through participation in activities and performance assessments centered on the theme "Technology and Innovation." This theme will lead students through an exploration of important Chinese and western technological innovations throughout history and allow students to explore these innovations through linguistic, cultural, and scientific activities including making clay coil pots, kite making, participation in a kite festival, ink printing, making and experimenting with a leaf blower hovercraft, building and experimenting with air pressure rockets, and creating sail/CO2 cartridge boats. Students will also participate in a Project Based Learning challenge where they will work in small groups to create and deliver a 5-minute presentation to an authentic audience of Chinese speakers from the Denver Language School on a Lego Technic Mars rover they built that is capable of climbing hills, collecting and storing rocks, navigating an obstacle course, and driving at fast speeds.

    Contact(s)
    (208) 745-6693 ext 1104
    kcowley@sd251.org

    Texas A&M University (Student Program)

    A STEAM Trip to East Asia:STARTALK Student Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Forest Ridge Elementary, College Station, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    With the theme “A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Trip to East Asia”, our program features a grand virtual trip to China and Korea where students will learn the languages and cultures through a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum. The 20-day, 80-instructional-hour summer program will enroll a total of 45 second and third grade non-heritage language learners with no prior experience in the target languages: 30 for the Chinese program, and 15 for the Korean program. A comprehensive integration of culture, content and language into the theme “A STEAM Trip to East Asia” will provide our students with the unique opportunity to: a) learn the languages along with learning about the rapid robotics development and the vibrant visual and performing art forms in East Asia, and b) to experience both historical and contemporary China and Korea through dynamic and creative project-based and student-centered activities. By the end of the summer program, students are expected to: a) achieve a novice-mid level of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the target language, and b) develop a sustained interest in the target languages and cultures and continue their learning in the online program from July to August and in the after-school programs in the fall semester. Our program will also serve as a springboard for the establishment of two-way immersion programs in collaboration with the school district over the next few years.

    Contact(s)
    (979) 845-8384
    lijenkuo@tamu.edu

    University of Texas at Arlington (Student Program)

    STARTALK 2020: Let's Go to Russia/the Middle East!

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The UTA intensive Russian/Arabic program, entitled “STARTALK 2020: Let’s Go to Russia/the Middle East!”, is a four-week (120 instructional hours) program for 60 (30 per language) 11th-12th graders and undergraduate students with no prior knowledge of Russian/Arabic or at a low novice level.
    Through an engaging series of role-plays, this student-centered program will incorporate various topics relevant to traveling to Russia/the Middle East (e.g. planning the trip, at the airport, at the hotel, sightseeing, visiting a host family, eating out, etc.) and will prepare students for a variety of cultural and language situations, allowing for mastery of basic literacy and communicative skills in Russian/Arabic.
    Upon successful completion of the program, students will achieve a high novice or low intermediate level of Russian/Arabic language proficiency and will have a basic understanding of Russian/Arab culture. Furthermore, students wishing to continue their Russian/Arabic studies at UTA will be eligible to earn up to eight university credit hours through the university placement test at no personal expense and will be able to become part of the UTA language learning community.

    Contact(s)
    (817) 272-9509
    iya.khelm@uta.edu
    Program Website

    University of Mississippi (Student Program)

    Mississippi StarTalk 14

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Mississippi Chinese StarTalk 14 will offer four weeks of intensive residential instruction (20 days and 100 contact hours of instruction) to up to 30 high school students from Mississippi and other states who will learn the language in three different levels ranging from Novice Mid to Intermediate Mid. A team of three teachers, one program coordinator, three tutor-counselors and other staff members will oversee the program academically and culturally. During the course of this program, students will learn to appreciate the Chinese language by possessing it and communicating in it, while being immersed in nine communication tasks in both spoken and written Chinese.

    Contact(s)
    (662) 915-7178
    mldyer@olemiss.edu
    Program Website

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