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    Bayan Claremont (Student)

    STARTALK Legacy of Arabic Literary Culture

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 5, 2017 – August 4, 2017: (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Bayan Claremont / Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Our 100% online thematic Arabic program for high school and college students will engage students around carefully-selected samples of Arabic literature that reflect the richness of cultural expression in various lands during medieval times. Students at the "intermediate low proficiency level" are encouraged to participate, and the format consists of daily synchronous and asynchronous language learning experiences. Lessons will explore the genres of travel writing, frame tales, history, scientific writing, humor, and poetry. By the end of our program, students will know about genres of Arabic literature, famous person, interesting locales, and will be able to talk with others about cultural exchange and influence, and will have enhanced their abilities in the modes of communication as a foundation for further intermediate level study. They will be able to present information on historical eras and figures, stories from Arab culture, and aspects of daily life that have changed and remained the same.

    The program involves 100 hours over five weeks of online language study, comprised of self-paced work as well as live meetings from Monday through Thursday for 1.5 hours per day. Students who complete the program will be provided certificates. We aim to enroll up to 38 students nationwide who are dedicated to the entire program.

    Contact(s)
    (909) 962-6760
    mshaikh@bayanclaremont.org
    Program Website

    California State University, Northridge (Student)

    CSUN Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 15, 2017 – July 21, 2017: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program is designed to promote accelerated language learning with integrated knowledge of culture, protocols, and national identity in modern Russia. The program will admit 20 undergraduates from universities and community colleges across the nation, dividing cohorts into proficiency tracks: Novice and Intermediate. Standards-based and thematically organized curriculum is programmed over six weeks of residential study with 306 hours of structured learning: 174 hours of in-class instruction; 87 hours of self-directed learning activities; and 45 hours of weekend cultural enrichment activities. Curriculum is organized around the theme "Let's Talk About Life," developing among students practical communication skills that are relevant in academic, professional, and everyday contexts. Participants typically advance one to two levels in language proficiency.

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