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    Fauquier County Public Schools (Student)

    Fauquier Startalk: The Journey Continues

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Turkish

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – July 25, 2019
    Location(s)
    • Fauquier High School, Warrenton, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fauquier County 2019 STARTALK program includes twelve instructional days beginning July 8, 2019, and ending July 25, 2019 with a total of 70 instructional hours including extended day field trips. New and returning students, who are rising fifth to ninth graders, will be placed into differentiated classes with expected novice-low to intermediate-low proficiency levels. Our program theme will be "The Journey Continues" as we explore authentic cultural aspects of from locations throughout the Middle East where the target languages are spoken. Students will engage in interactive activities and design digital portfolios of their journeys.

    Contact(s)
    (727) 418-1857
    TLALLEN1@fcps.edu

    VMI (Student)

    Exploring the Madina: a STARTALK Arabic Program

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 24, 2019 – July 19, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Exploring the Madina STARTALK program engages students across communicative modes in intercultural contexts. These competencies are respectively honed in the social spheres of the home, university, coffeeshop, and marketplace classrooms; all of which comprise daily life in the madina ‘city’. Successful completers will be able to demonstrate level appropriate (ACTFL novice) proficiency, such as reading authentic simple ads and menus, and writing short autobiographies. They showcase proficiency at the end of the program by undergoing individual interviews based on Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) benchmarks, composing menus and performing unscripted skits in Arabic that are centered around the coffeehouse, a place that represents a unique social and cultural hub in Arabic speaking societies. Approximately 20 students with little knowledge of Arabic reach the novice level over the course of 4 weeks (95 instruction hours).

    Contact(s)
    (760) 239-1188
    schroepferjw@vmi.edu
    Program Website