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    Arlington County School Board (Student)

    STARTALK 2018

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018
    Location(s)
    • Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The three-week summer program will provide 50 middle school students (i.e. rising 6th through 8th graders) with Chinese and Arabic instruction at Novice Low and Novice Mid levels for 4.5 hours a day for 15 days (i.e. 67.5 total hours of instruction) from July 9 to July 27. Teachers will have more than 30 hours of pre-service training, plus one half-hour before class each day to prepare their materials and consult with one another, and one hour after class to reflect on their teaching practice and review the day's work, including weekly work in the computer lab analyzing their students' progress in providing evidence for LinguaFolio CAN DO statements. Teacher assistants will be included in part of the pre-service week, working with teachers to prepare activities and materials, and will work in-class to help students. Outcomes include students' self-assessment as CAN DO or CAN DO WITH HELP on at least seven pre-identified LinguaFolio indicators embedded in the curriculum covering major language domains.

    Contact(s)
    (703) 228-6097
    emily.golden@apsva.us
    Program Website

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Student)

    Virginia Beach STARTALK Academies

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8

    Date(s)
    • June 25, 2018 – July 19, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Providence Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Virginia Beach Summer STARTALK Academies seek to provide easily accessible, free opportunities for 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 the Chinese language strand and 30 for the Russian strand; participants from last summer’s program will be invited to attend advanced classes. The program will be held from June 25 to July 19, 2018, Monday to Thursday, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM (minus July 4th) totaling 64 instructional hours with the field trip. After-school Post-Sessions are planned to extend student cultural knowledge and language proficiency.

    Contact(s)
    (757) 263-1469
    jennifer.carson@vbschools.com
    Program Website

    American Councils (Student)

    STARTALK Discover Russian

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 26, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Discover Russian is a four-week introduction to Russian language and culture course that will be offered by American Councils for International Education and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) to 30 rising 8th-12th graders at TJHSST’s campus in Fairfax County, Virginia. The program fosters interest in Russian language and culture among students with and without access to Russian programs in their schools and/or communities by offering three class levels: Novice-Mid for those new to Russian and Novice-High and Intermediate Low for those with prior Russian language experience. Although placement will be determined by language proficiency and not age, differentiation will occur to accommodate students’ varying rates of learning and levels of maturity. Classes will meet seven hours each day for 18 days, for a total of 126 hours of immersion instruction. Participants in Level One will reach Novice-Mid level proficiency by the program’s end, while those in Level Two will attain Novice-High, and those in Level Three will reach Intermediate Low.

    Contact(s)
    (703) 955-9228
    ecsandstrom@fcps.edu

    University of Virginia (Student)

    Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 5, 2018 – July 19, 2018: (Online)
    Location(s)
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 2018 VSCSA program at the University of Virginia aims to provide a linguistically and culturally enriched online learning environment for 24 high school students who are rising 9th-12th graders in the US. Students will embark on a 12-day virtual journey in Beijing from July 5 to July 19 in 2018 that concurs with the major timeframe of the VSCTA teacher program. Upon the completion of the program, the learners will develop a positive “Can-Do” attitude and attain proficiency at the intermediate-low level according to ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines. Curricular requirements and lesson plans will be effectively implemented in alignment with the can-do statements across the three communicative modes specified in the online LinguiaFolio. The total instructional hours are 40 hours, including time committed to online orientation and synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Teacher and student ratio is 1:1. The program features quality online learning that is made possible by research-endorsed best practices in language pedagogy and cutting-edge technology platform and tools. Learners have ample opportunities to engage in active learning that is intended to be fun, engaging, and motivating. Students who attend all online synchronous sessions and complete all programmatic and curricular requirements will receive a gift card at the amount of up to 50.00 and a Certificate of Excellence in Learning. Application deadline is April 20, 2018, but spots will be granted on a rolling basis. Please visit the program website to complete online application.

    Contact(s)
    (434) 924-0571
    mt3z@virginia.edu
    Program Website

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