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    Kansas City Chinese School North (Student)

    STARTALK Student Summer Program in Kansas City

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Park University, Parkville, MO
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Student Summer Program in Kansas City offers three-week intensive language and culture learning experience to 60 novice learners from grades 3-8, both true beginners and students with some prior proficiency in Chinese, in greater Kansas City metro area and neighboring rural areas in the state of Missouri. Underserved, marginalized and rural population are encouraged specifically to apply and participate.

    Based on students’ age group, the program will be divided into four sections, two for rising 3rd-5th graders and two for rising 6th-8th graders. To make the classroom activities relevant to students and motivate them in their learning, each section will use a thematic curriculum; the theme for rising 3rd - 5th graders is “What We Know about Chinese New Year”; the theme for rising 6th - 8th graders is “Let’s Plan a Trip to China.”

    Students will attend seven hours of activities daily consisting of three-and-half-hour task-based language learning classes, one-and-half-hour cultural seminar and hands-on activities, half-hour morning Chinese Taichi exercise, half-hour separate group activity, and a one-hour complimentary lunch, for a total of 105 instructional hours for three weeks.

    During our three-week intensive study, students will reach communicative proficiency, exemplifying the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) via our standard-based, student-centered, language-immersed and culturally-enriched curricula.

    Contact(s)
    (816) 686-9638
    lina.dickson@best4future.org
    Program Website

    HADI-CLASSRoad (Teacher)

    STARTALK: Planning for Engaged Language Learning

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Persian

    Date(s)
    • June 18, 2018 – July 17, 2018: (Online)
    Location(s)
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    CLASSRoad’s 2018 fully-online STARTALK program will provide opportunity for thirty-five (35) intermediate and master Arabic, Chinese and Persian language teachers to focus on TELL Planning Domain P6 (a and c) criteria, Learning Experience Domain LE2 (a and b) criteria, LE4 (a and b) criteria, building their ability to: 1) use the backward design process to plan for meaningful student engagement, 2) create daily performance objectives that capture student energy and commitment and that move them toward proficiency targets, and 3) provide comprehensible input while using the target language 90% of the time. The program will include asynchronous/ synchronous interaction among instructors and participants, feature video presentations by experts, formative assessments, discussions, observations of recorded online language teaching examples--including video from previous year teacher participants--peer learning and feedback, peer microteaching practice, online co-teaching of remote language students, and self-assessment and personal growth plan development. The four-week program (80 contact hours) will feature three weeks of module-based daily instruction and group work, including online synchronous presentations by guest experts, several days of peer microteaching and preparation, followed by a fourth week that involves co-teaching to remote novice target language students, along with peer observation, personal reflection and professional planning. The program will be fully delivered online using the CLASSRoad Canvas learning management system and the web-conference platform Adobe Connect, which allows for adaptive design, improved mobile accessibility, the giving of timely feedback, and the course to be structured in an innovative and highly interactive manner.

    Contact(s)
    (310) 845-6149
    letha@hadi.org
    Program Website