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    University of North Georgia (Student)

    UNG STARTALK Chinese and Astronomy Summer Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 7, 2019 – July 20, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The UNG STARTALK Chinese and Astronomy Academy offers a two week (with 91 instructional hours) residential summer camp to 24 local, non-heritage high school students (rising Grade 9 - Grade 12) with no prior knowledge of the Chinese language from north Georgia area. The content and focus of learning will be spun on the theme “Outer Space: Truths, Myths and Mysteries”, integrated with the topics of astronomy selected from the Georgia Performance Standards (Georgia DOE, 2009) for High School Astronomy, the literacy of Chinese myths about the night sky, the Chinese language to introduce basic knowledge of astronomy and used in a simulated working place –an auction of selling naming rights of stars, and the Chinese culture connected to the topics of astronomy and the related myths. In this STEM focused language academy, students will be motivated to explore outer space through well designed content and context based and student centered scientific and language learning activities, making connections across disciplines and relating content to real world experience.

    Contact(s)
    (706) 867-4554
    startalk@ung.edu
    Program Website

    Agnes Scott College (Student)

    Georgia STARTALK Program: Chinese & Turkish

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Turkish

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – July 21, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Agnes Scott Collge, Decatur, GA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 13-day Chinese and Turkish programs with a total of 91 hours instruction in Chinese or 91 hours instruction in Turkish will allow 24 middle school and high school students (grades 6-12) who have limited or no previous experience in Chinese to attain novice-mid proficiency in Chinese and 10 high school juniors and seniors (grades 11-12) along with college freshmen and sophomores who have limited or no previous experience in Turkish to attain novice-mid proficiency in Turkish. During each 7-hour day, students will engage in immersive language learning, practicing Martial Arts or Taekwondo, drumming, and music. The theme “A Musical Journey through China, a Musical Journey through Turkey” will provide ample opportunities for communication about food, geography, families, music, and basic greetings and introductions; learning about the cultures and content of the Chinese/Turkish traditions, music and sports; connecting to art and history. A field trip to the Atlanta Chinatown or the local Turkish cultural center will provide a rich exchange of activities with native speakers and an authentic opportunity for interpersonal communication. By the end of the program, students will reach "novice-mid" in all modes of communication based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines and will be able to handle many authentic tasks, including telling and asking about basic personal information, commenting on their favorite Chinese or Turkish food, cities and musical instruments, designing itineraries, and performing skits and songs in Chinese or Turkish.

    Contact(s)
    (404) 471-6531
    jpaul@agnesscott.edu
    Program Website