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    Providence Day School (Student)

    STARTALK: WeChat - Chinese School Edition

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    STARTALK WeChat: Chinese School Edition is a non-residential 3-week, 90 contact hour Chinese language program for rising 6th graders through rising college freshman in the greater Charlotte, N.C. area. Applying students should have less than 2 years studying Mandarin Chinese in formal or informal contexts (including speaking Chinese at home). Students will work in classes with small teacher to student ratios (1:5). The program theme, WeChat, is the most popular Chinese social media application and is used by over a billion people worldwide. Use of this app throughout the program will enable students to interact with their peers and teachers in a variety of familiar ways (sharing pictures, instant messaging, posting statuses about what they are doing/how they are feeling, etc.). The program will also include a field trip in which students will enjoy the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in multiple settings, experiencing Chinese culture right in their own backyards! The program will culminate in a shared celebration of student learning open to parents and siblings. Students will design and manage activity stations to show off all of their new language and cultural knowledge--by teaching what they know to their parents, siblings and friends!

    Contact(s)
    (704) 266-0886
    pds.startalk@gmail.com
    Program Website

    University of Wyoming (Student)

    Wyoming STARTALK Arabic Camp: Arabian Nights

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 22, 2018 – August 11, 2018
    Location(s)
    • University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The Wyoming STARTALK Arabic Camp for 2018 will enthrall Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain front range high school and junior college students with visions and experiences of Arabian Nights. The same kind of intrigue and mystique surrounding the popular tales will take on a modern spin by whisking students through contemporary experiences of evening and night activities in various countries in the Middle East around which are structured valuable language learning experiences rich with culture and anecdotal information that will necessarily reinforce language acquisition. We will provide opportunities for 24 students to explore the rich culture of the Middle East as experienced through cultural engagements by equipping these students with the necessary vocabulary and conversational skills to navigate successfully through various simulations recreating cultural experiences. Students will reach the Novice-Mid level of proficiency.

    Contact(s)
    (307) 766-3019
    shawnb@uwyo.edu

    Bayan Claremont (Student)

    STARTALK Legacy of Arabic Literary Culture

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 5, 2018 – August 9, 2018: (Online)
    Location(s)
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Our fully online Arabic program for high school and college students targets the novice mid and novice high proficiency levels and will consist of daily synchronous and asynchronous language learning experiences (Mon-Thurs). We aim to enroll up to 38 students, providing a total of 100 hours of instruction over five weeks of online language study. The theme of our updated program is classical Arabic literary heritage. By the end of our program, students will know about genres of Arabic literature, famous persons, 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/or remained the same.

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

    VMIRL (Student)

    Opening and Running a Moroccan Restaurant

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 25, 2018 – July 19, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    At the conclusion of the program, our students will have the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to interact with Arabic speakers on basic, everyday topics, especially the topic of food. We will recruit 20 or 22 students to participate in this intensive STARTALK Arabic program. Our participants will be high school seniors and college students (grades 12-16). Their proficiency level in Arabic will be Novice-High by the conclusion of the program. We will conduct about 94 instructional hours throughout a four-week period, to extend from June 25th to July 19th, 2018.

    Contact(s)
    (540) 464-7965 ext 7965
    elyounssia@vmi.edu

    BYU (Student)

    BYU STARTALK Arabic Camp

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 25, 2018 – July 14, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The BYU Arabic STARTALK Camp is designed to light the fire of motivation in students as they experience that they can learn a lot of Arabic language and culture in just three weeks. Our theme, “Avicenna’s Astrolabe,” centers on a collaborative mystery-solving game set in the present. Students are tasked to find an ancient cure to a deadly disease that threatens to decimate the modern world. The key to doing so is an astrolabe once held by the famous polymath, Ibn Sina (a.k.a. Avicenna). By exploring cities and talking to people from both the modern and medieval Arab world, students uncover the story of the astrolabe as it passed hands from civilization to civilization, while also finding clues leading them on to discover the cure they seek. In the process, students will internalize basic communication skills while also experiencing a variety of Arab cultures and historical perspectives that highlight the impact of Arabo-Islamic civilization on the West. They will also learn about past and present violent reactionary movements in the East and the West that manipulate religion to foment hate and gain power. Beginners get off to a great start and are well on their way to completing the equivalent of a year of high school Arabic (they receive credit for one semester and may complete the second online). We will again offer an option that will allow those who already know the Arabic script to complete a year of high school credit. Even more advanced students may receive credit for second-year high school Arabic. All will come away with a solid repertoire of pragmatic speaking and reading skills and gain significant hands-on experience with Arab culture. Students learn through doing. They live the language, learning to perform authentic tasks. They are immersed in music, films, games, cooking lessons, and visit a mosque and restaurant. Tutors are available day and night to act as role models and to help students of varying abilities and challenges succeed. World-class teachers are experienced in making learning fun and adjusting instruction to individual needs. Students practice and demonstrate their progress in role plays and in day-to-day living, which helps to build confidence. All students are urged to push on during the academic year with our award-winning distance-learning course that includes live support from tutors. Some former students who have done so have already distinguished themselves in follow-on abroad experience and realized the goal of acquiring advanced levels of proficiency in Arabic. BYU’s Arabic camp is a great springboard. Consider the example of Rachel, who participated in our 2014 camp: https://news.byu.edu/news/rubbing-elbows-un-diplomats-byu-students-win-i...

    Contact(s)
    (801) 422-6531
    belnap@byu.edu
    Program Website

    University of North Texas (Student)

    STARTALK: 2018 Welcome to My World

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 4, 2018 – June 29, 2018: Session One (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 2018 STARTALK Denton ISD intensive Russian and Chinese Summer School, Welcome to My World, will provide four weeks and 120 instructional hours of student-centered learning and instruction in Russian and Chinese respectively to 11th and 12th graders and UNT undergraduate students at the Novice level.

    Upon the successful completion of the summer school, our students will achieve Novice level of language proficiency in Russian or Chinese respectively, will be able to communicate appropriately at the Novice level and will enhance their cultural awareness.

    We believe that the additional benefit of earning up to six college credit hours through a College placement test free of charge and the opportunity to become part of our UNT learning community will encourage the program participants to continue their studies of Russian or Chinese in college.

    Contact(s)
    (940) 565-2404
    tatiana.filosofova@unt.edu
    Program Website

    Ohio University (Student)

    Explore East Africa: Learn Swahili

    Language(s)

    Swahili

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – August 3, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Ohio University, Athens, OH
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    This four-week (July 9-August 3, 2018) intensive Swahili language program will take 20 students on a journey to explore East Africa. The program will integrate culture and content to help students gain Swahili language skills. Interactive classroom instructions will take place Mondays to Thursdays, and Fridays students will take instructional field trips to The Wilds, Hocking Hills and around the Athens vicinity. The participants, who can be either undergraduate or college ready high school students, will enroll in either elementary or intermediate classes for a total of 108 hours of instruction. Learning experiences will help students develop linguistic and cultural competence and prepare them for a visit to East Africa.

    At the end of the program, students will earn four semester hours of college credit, and students in the Elementary class will be able to perform at the Novice Mid proficiency level, while students in the Intermediate class will be able to perform at the Novice High/Intermediate Low levels according to the NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks.

    This non-residential program will draw participants will be drawn from Ohio University undergraduate students, students from other four-year institutions in Ohio, as well as high school students from schools within the vicinity of Ohio University.

    Contact(s)
    (740) 597-1511
    maposa@ohio.edu
    Program Website

    University of Central Florida (Student)

    STARTALK:Preparation for a Business Trip to Russia

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The theme of the program will be "Preparation for a Business Trip to Russia," focusing on Russian language and cultural understanding in the business world for future business leaders which gives students the necessary skills for a successful trip to Russia 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 language in the professional environment, learn about contemporary business opportunities in Russia, and understand the norms that are prevalent in Russian business 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 fifty participants. The participants will be divided into three 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 Russian 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".

    Contact(s)
    (407) 304-0027
    Alla.Kourova@ucf.edu
    Program Website

    California State University, Northridge (Student)

    CSUN Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 7, 2018 – July 13, 2018: (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 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

    Anne Arundel Community College (Student)

    STARTALK 2018 -Personal/Professional Connections

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 25, 2018 – July 20, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    STARTALK 2017 - Personal and Professional Connections in Russian, a second-year Russian four-week summer program, will be held June 25 – July 20, 2018 at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and will focus on developing and expanding communicative competence and cultural awareness in midshipmen at USNA and students from nearby Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and other local schools. The program will meet for 6.5 hours per day for 20 days (a total of 130 instructional hours) and will offer four weeks of intensive Russian instruction at the Novice-High to Intermediate-Low level. There will be 20 student participants who will have completed two semesters of Russian. They will work on developing their Russian for future professional and personal development. The outcomes of the program are successful completion of the course and continued pursuit of formal and informal study of Russian.

    Contact(s)
    (443) 452-9425
    oneil@usna.edu

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