Western Michigan University (Student)
Michigan STARTALK Chinese Student Academy
- July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: Onsite Learning (Face-to-face)
- July 27, 2018 – August 3, 2018: Online Learning (Online)
- Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
The MSCSA employs a 4-week blended program aims to provide a linguistically and culturally enriched learning experiences to 50 novice range proficiency level students in grade 6-12. The 3-week face-to-face program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 9 to July 27, 2018, at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with the subsequent one-week (July 30-August 3) online program requiring students to devote at least two hours daily in learning the language. A total of 115 hours of instructional time will be provided to participants in this program. Depending on their entry level, students are expected to advance their Chinese language proficiency at least to novice-mid, novice-high, and Intermediate-low levels by the end of the program. The student program coincides with the major time frame of the teacher program, thus enabling collaborative teaching and learning for the 2 groups of participants and providing frequent opportunities for students to have individualized attention, support, and authentic/spontaneous experiences in speaking Mandarin. Student-centered learning will be emphasized in an immersion setting using a variety of authentic materials that will prepare students to engage in culturally significant communicative activities. During and after the program, online LinguaFolio will be used to continue the development process of Chinese language among students. After the 15-day learning journey, learners will gain confidence in using Mandarin Chinese to communicate with native speakers on familiar topics in daily life. Students who fully participate in the program (total 115 hours) and participate in the study abroad program (optional with additional cost) can meet at least one credit of world language high school graduation requirement under the Michigan Merit Curriculum. All costs including snacks and lunches are covered by the program. The application deadline is April 25, 2018, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.