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    UCF (Student)

    STARTALK 2019: Where East Meets West.

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – July 26, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • University of Central Florida-UCF Global, Orlando, FL
    • STARTALK 2019: Where East Meets West., Orlando, FL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The theme of the program will be "STARTALK: Where East Meets West" focusing on Russian/Arabic language and cultural understanding in the professional world for future youth leaders which gives students the necessary skills for a successful trip to Russia/Arab World by providing learner-centered language instruction using topics and situations related to students' professional goals. This theme will help students explore the use of the Russian/Arabic language in the professional environment, learn about contemporary youth leadership festivals and understand the norms that are prevalent in Russian/Arabic youth culture today. The duration of the program is three weeks, for a total of ninety instructional hours and will be offered to local high school students and UCF undergraduate students, with a target enrollment of sixty participants. The participants will be divided into four groups of Novice Low to Novice-Mid level, with the latter group providing more in-depth content for returning STARTALK participants and those with some knowledge of the target language. The resource materials for future STARTALK language programs will be developed and shared in the future language conferences and publication series continuing " Picturing Russia: A Research Guide to Russian Culture" and "Language and Culture of doing Business in Russia" as well as developing Arabic resources.

    Contact(s)
    (407) 823-2472
    alla.kourova@ucf.edu
    Program Website

    ReDefiners World Languages (Student)

    Global Explorers: A STARTALK Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5

    Date(s)
    • June 10, 2019 – August 2, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • ReDefiners World Languages, Tampa, FL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    From Day 1 of the Global Explorers: STARTALK Immersion Program full-day program (9AM-5PM), students will begin journeying to targeted regions of the world through virtual & live field trips to explore and engage in culturally relevant practices and customs. By the end of the Global Explorers program, students will have demonstrated the ability to meet Global Can-Do language proficiency benchmarks for Novice-Mid level, as outlined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSL), by completing three major assessments. The assessments are as follows: 1. The creation of a Video Travel Guide, highlighting all that they have learned about the target region and presented in the target language, 2. Participate in live poster presentations to family and the public about their travel expeditions, using a bilingual approach to best serve the target audience, and 3. participate in a live oral interview with a native speaking international student from an affiliate university, the University of South Florida. Overall, participants will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the people, culture, region and target language through language and cultural immersion as they learn to think globally while acting locally, which is essential in ultimately improving international relations, national security, global economic and academic competitiveness. A total of 40 students will participate in the program over the course of 312 instructional hours from June 10th - August 2nd, 2019 (8-weeks).

    Contact(s)
    (813) 530-2313
    info@redefinerswl.org
    Program Website