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    San Diego State University Foundation (Student)

    SDSU STARTALK Multi-language Student Program

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Persian, Russian, Portuguese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – August 2, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    LARC at SDSU will offer four-week language instruction in Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian languages to 48 non-heritage students (12 for each language program) from July 8th to August 2nd​. The program will be open to students in grades 9-12 with no prior knowledge of the language. Students will receive 120 hours of instruction during the summer camp. This immersion program will use a thematic curriculum “Contemporary Life: Young Adults in a Big City,” to develop students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills while simultaneously developing their cultural competence in the language and culture. The targeted goals are novice-high in listening and speaking, and novice-mid in reading and writing. Upon successful completion, the students will be awarded four units of undergraduate college credit through the SDSU College of Extended Studies. The program has 15 hours of follow-up sessions over 5 months (3 hours per month).

    Contact(s)
    (619) 594-8968
    nnovakovic@sdsu.edu
    Program Website

    California State University, Northridge (Student)

    CSUN Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 9, 2019 – July 12, 2019
    Location(s)
    • California State University, Northridge, CA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program is designed for undergraduate students who see themselves pursuing professional careers where their knowledge of the Russian language and culture will be a major asset. The rigorous residential five-week curriculum is organized around the general theme “Let’s Talk About Life” and covers various life aspects including but not limited to education, professional career, social life, hobbies and interests. The level-appropriate linguistic, cultural, and professional competencies that the students develop enable them to employ their knowledge of Russia and Russian in a host of future careers all over the world across professional areas. The program is designed to promote accelerated language learning with integrated knowledge of culture, protocols, and national identity in modern Russia. It will admit 20 undergraduate students from universities and community colleges across the nation, dividing cohorts into two proficiency tracks: Novice and Intermediate. Standards-based and thematically organized curriculum is programmed over five weeks of residential study with 270 hours of structured learning: 125 hours of in-class instruction; 105 hours of self-directed learning activities; and 40 hours of weekend cultural enrichment activities. Participants typically advance one to two ACTFL tiers in language proficiency.

    Contact(s)
    (818) 677-3593
    dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu
    Program Website