Find a Summer Program

All STARTALK 2020 summer programs will be deferred to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. These programs are listed below. Please check back for information on program dates early next year.

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    Plano Independent School District (Student Program)

    STARTALK Chinese Language and Culture Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Renner Middle School, Plano, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Plano ISD STARTALK Chinese Summer program offers a three-week language and culture experience designed for 60 rising 6th - 8th graders from an IB PYP Mandarin Chinese program. During 90 instructional hours, non-heritage learners will explore the essential question, "How does storytelling teach us about a culture's customs and traditions?" and engage in learning experiences that allow them to understand the stories and legends that influence the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. Students will be able to exchange information with others about themselves, their family, and important celebrations in their homes. The program’s final performance task will be students’ oral presentations of a story or legend of their own. Students will take a proficiency assessment as a pre and post measure in order to determine progress toward the program goal of novice-mid proficiency.

    Contact(s)
    (214) 729-0132
    shelli.brown@pisd.edu
    Program Website

    Ohio Foreign Language Association (Student Program)

    Camp OFLA

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Templed Hills, Bellville, OH
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Camp OFLA is a residential six-day outdoor camp that provides elementary campers in grades 3-5 and middle schoolers (grades 6-8) a beginning (novice-mid) practice in a nearly-immersive experience using one of three languages: Arabic, Chinese or Russian. Twenty-five campers in each language will work with instructors who are native or heritage speakers of their language and have extensive teaching and travel experience. Campers will be able to ask and answer questions, describe their virtual trip to a country that speaks one of these languages and express opinions about what they like or dislike about the country's celebration in which they participate. In addition to classroom instruction, language activities will involve cooking a cultural dish, celebrating a holiday and making holiday decorations as well as the traditional outdoor camping experiences: campfires, fishing, hiking, etc. In all, 75 campers will each complete 75 instructional hours on site during their one-week camp experience; campers in grade 6-8 will complete an additional 15 hours in a presentational mode activity online after they return home (instructions given during camp). Federal funding allows campers from any state to receive free camperships; Ohio residents will be given preference. HS and college students with high level proficiency in Arabic, Chinese or Russian may apply as camp counselors or assistant teachers via www.camppfla.org.

    Contact(s)
    (419) 704-4868
    frauwinne@gmail.com
    Program Website

    OneWorld Now (Student Program)

    OneWorld Now STARTALK Language and Leadership Camp

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • OneWorld Now!, Seattle, WA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    OneWorld Now!’s vision is that all young Americans have access to transformative international education. Through our year-round, Seattle-based Global Leadership Program, we integrate critical language learning, leadership training, and study abroad scholarships for underserved high school students. Thanks to STARTALK, OWN has offered a three-week Arabic, Chinese, and Korean summer program for each of the last eleven years, with follow-on language classes available through the OWN academic year program. In our twelth year offering the STARTALK summer immersion program, we again propose to hold a three-week-long, non-residential Arabic, Chinese, and Korean language immersion program for non-heritage high school students in Seattle, with a focus on low-income high school youth of color. The program includes 15 six-hour days, for a total of 90 contact hours. The desired outcome of the STARTALK-OWN Summer Language Camp will be to introduce 51 students to Arabic, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese, as well as to motivate them to continue their language and cultural studies.

    Contact(s)
    (206) 223-7703
    info@oneworldnow.org
    Program Website

    Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (Demonstration Teacher Program)

    BU Wheelock STARTALK Teacher Academy

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston, MA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The BU Wheelock STARTALK Teacher Academy uses a blended learning format to support teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish in developing and demonstrating their ability to teach in the target language with comprehensible input and facilitate learner interactions in their classrooms. This 5-week program begins with a self-evaluation through the CATALYST platform and individual goal setting. The first four weeks of the program are held online, where participants build understanding of providing input and facilitating learner interactions, watch and critique model lessons, develop their own tasks and lesson plans, work collaboratively in peer groups, and participate in weekly “Live Sessions” where they interact with the Instructional Team, experts in the field, and each other to provide feedback and support. The program culminates with virtual micro-teaching, where participants demonstrate their application of teaching in the target language with comprehensible input and facilitating learner interactions in both similar-language and mixed-language groups, and participants are supported by the Instructional Team through coaching and feedback. Participants additionally receive guidance on securing or advancing their teaching license in Massachusetts, may enroll in optional graduate credits at BU Wheelock, and have the opportunity to receive extended support through the fall when additional Live Sessions will allow participants to share lessons and receive feedback using a Lesson Study format.

    Contact(s)
    (617) 353-3267
    critz@bu.edu
    Program Website

    Kalamazoo Chinese Academy (Student Program)

    Kalamazoo Chinese Academy STARTALK

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The program is a three-week program aimed to provide linguistically and culturally enriched learning experiences to 50 novice range proficiency level students in grades 3-8. The 3-week face-to-face program will take place between the dates of Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 31 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on the campus of Western Michigan University. Altogether, a total of 120 hours of instructional time will be provided to participants in this program. Depending on their initial level of proficiency, students are expected to advance their Chinese language proficiency to either novice-low, novice-mid, novice-high, or intermediate-low level by the end of the program.

    Contact(s)
    (269) 387-3496
    KCA.startalk@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Kalamazoo Chinese Academy (Practicum Teacher Program)

    Kalamazoo Chinese Academy STARTALK

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    This program is a 5-week teacher training with a 4-week (120 hours) intensive face-to-face training and a one-week (10 hours) asynchronous and synchronous online training from June 29 to July 31, 2020, for twelve novice K-12 Chinese language teachers in the State of Michigan and beyond. The targeted participants are novice teachers (0-2 years of teaching experience) from public/private K-12 schools, colleges, graduate programs, and heritage/community schools. At the end of the program, participants will be able to plan student learning experiences based on local curriculum and state and national standards, frequently check for understanding in a variety of ways throughout the lesson, engage in self-assessment and peer review to monitor progress toward the targeted performance objectives and their own language and culture goals, and use processes that allow them to analyze and reflect on their current teaching practices. They will be able to create a safe and positive classroom environment that integrates culture, content, and language to support the performance objectives.

    Contact(s)
    (269) 387-3496
    KCA.startalk.teachers@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Mandarin Institute (Student Program)

    Mandarin Institute SFUSD STARTALK Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • City College of San Francisco Chinatown Center, San Francisco, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Housed in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Mandarin Institute San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) STARTALK Middle and High School Program provides 36 students with a truly authentic, immersive learning environment designed to promote verbal skills and to imbue students with the confidence to use their language skills in real world situations for meaningful communication. During the three-week program, students will participate in six hours of engaging language study each day which includes classroom time, cultural units, mini excursions into Chinatown, field trips and a distance learning component that matches each student with a personalized tutor in China for unrehearsed spontaneous dialogue. Our students go into the community and we bring the community into our program. Students register for middle to high school immersion or high school Chinese III and are expected to achieve Novice High to Intermediate Mid ACTFL oral proficiency while gaining an appreciation for major cultural values and practices. Upon successful completion of the 90-hour High School program, students may earn one semester of high school foreign language credit. At the end of the program our students will have the communicative competence and confidence to engage in authentic dialogues with native speakers in real world situations.

    Contact(s)
    (415) 297-1227
    yking@MandarinInstitute.org
    Program Website

    Oxford College of Emory University (Student Program)

    Let's Explore Moroccan Food

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    At the conclusion of the program, our students will have the necessary linguistic and cultural skills to interact with Arabic speakers on basic, everyday topics, especially the topic of food. We will recruit about 24 students to participate in this intensive Arabic program. Our participants will be high school and college students (grades 9-16). Their proficiency level in Arabic will be Novice-High by the conclusion of the program. We will conduct approximately 94 instructional hours throughout a four-week period, to extend from July 8th to July 31st, 2020.

    Contact(s)
    (770) 784-4768 ext 44768
    anouar.el.younssi@emory.edu

    San Diego State University Research Foundation (Focus Teacher Program)

    SDSU Multi-language Teacher Training Program

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Spanish, Urdu

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    LARC-SDSU is proposing a 2-week (60 hours) on-site professional development for 12 beginning, practicing, and heritage school language teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu with an advanced proficiency in their respective language and English, as well as, 3+ years of experience teaching the target language. The curriculum for this program will allow participants to focus on the key characteristics and strategies of learner-centered instruction. The summer program will be from June 1st to 12th, 2020. Upon successful completion, the participants are awarded three units of undergraduate college credit through the SDSU College of Extended Studies. The program is followed by an online submission of a lesson the participants will have implemented in the fall of 2020, and a two-day (9 hours) follow-up workshop in person in January.​

    Contact(s)
    (619) 594-0846
    sahmadeianfard@sdsu.edu

    Arizona State University (Student Program)

    ASU Chinese Startalk Summer Camp

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • ASU Chinese STARTALK Summer Camp, Tempe, AZ
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    ASU STARTALK Chinese language program offers a two-week intensive residential summer camp for Arizona high school students and college freshmen whose proficiency level ranges from zero to intermediate. This program provides a great opportunity for these students to explore and expand their knowledge in Chinese language and culture through a highly structured theme and task-based curriculum. Accepted students will be placed into three different classes depending on their proficiency levels. During the camp, students will stay with resident advisors at ASU’s Tempe campus, where they spend their time learning in language classes, participating in hands-on cultural activities, and working on individual and group projects.

    Contact(s)
    (480) 965-0703
    xia.zhang@asu.edu
    Program Website

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