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    Arabic Summer Academy (Student)

    Arabic Summer Academy

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 21, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Charlestown High School, Boston, MA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Arabic Summer Academy is an intensive program that welcomes high school students from around Boston to learn Arabic and explore the cultures of the Arabic-speaking world in an engaging and supportive environment. The program creates a dynamic academic environment where students from a variety of backgrounds can express their full selves, build communicative skills, and develop an ethic of lifelong learning as global citizens. The Arabic Summer Academy is a 17-day (85-hour) non-residential program, and it produces 40 graduates (grades 9-12) who have reached proficiency between the Novice Mid and Novice High levels in Arabic.

    Contact(s)
    (617) 398-7333
    director@arabicsummeracademy.org
    Program Website

    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Student)

    2018 Hawai‘i Chinese Language Camp

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • 2018 Hawai‘i Chinese Language Camp, Honolulu, HI
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Thirty Hawai‘i students (ages 14-17, with either no or minimal background in Chinese) in the STARTALK Hawaii 2018 program will be able to handle many Novice tasks after their three weeks (105 instructional hours—seven hours a day, five days a week) at camp, including: telling and asking about basic personal information, saying something about the life of Dr. Sun Yatsen (who was educated in Honolulu), requesting favorite foods, talking about healthy vs. unhealthy food choices, describing a dim-sum lunch excursion, telling something that others are unlikely to know about Honolulu's Chinatown, shopping and bargaining, telling something about Hawaii's relationship to China, reading for pleasure at least 10 beginner story books in Chinese, identifying key information in written texts such as Chinatown signs and handwritten notes, filling in key information in forms, writing postcards in Chinese, and creating and illustrating simple stories. They will interact with instructors on almost a 1:1 basis, take part in many hands-on, interactive tasks, and have fun getting to know their classmates well.

    Contact(s)
    (808) 956-2692
    cyndy@hawaii.edu
    Program Website

    HINDI SANGAM FOUNDATION (Student)

    SANGAM-FRANKLIN STARTALK HINDI 2018

    Language(s)

    Hindi

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 16, 2018 – August 2, 2018: Learn Hindi by Story Telling (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Franklin High School, Somerset, NJ
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Sangam-Franklin STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Program 2018, a three week language immersion program, aims at improving literacy skills and cultural experience of 40 rising six to ninth graders of diverse backgrounds. 2. The overarching theme of 'Storytelling', is divided into three sub themes of 'Personal and Family Stories', 'Cultural Stories about Animals and Birds' and 'Contemporary Stories About Role Model', will prepare students communicate in culturally appropriate manners, describe familiar and some unfamiliar real life situations in simple language, read and write simple texts in Hindi and reflect upon their thoughts and ideas in appropriate contexts. 3. The program goals and learning episodes are outlined in the program curricula for two levels-Novice and Intermediate-based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines and the World Readiness Standards for Language Learning. 4. We will use visual based authentic material for developing our lesson goals and learning episodes to be implemented in learner-centered classrooms through the process of gradual release of responsibilities from the instructor to students. 5. A combination of online and onsite learning plan will be implemented during the post program period from September 2018 to February 2019.

    Contact(s)
    (732) 318-9891
    hindiconferencenyc2014@gmail.com

    SDSU Research Foundation (Student)

    STARTALK Arabic,Chinese,Dari,Persian Combined Prog

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Persian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – August 3, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    LARC at SDSU will offer a four-week language instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, and Persian languages to 40 non-heritage students (10 for each language program) from July 9th to August 3rd. The program will be open to students in grades 9-12 with no prior knowledge of the language. Camp instructors will be L1 speakers of the target languages, experienced teachers familiar with the US education system, ACTFL OPI, and WPT certified/trained testers/raters, and fellows of the California World Language Project (CWLP). Upon successful completion, the students are awarded ​four units of undergraduate college credit through the SDSU College of Extended Studies.

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

    Bangor Chinese School (Student)

    STARTALK: The Future Speaks Chinese

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 25, 2018 – July 13, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Husson University Bangor Campus, Bangor, ME
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Traditional Chinese Medicine will be the theme of our 2018 three-week, 120 hours program for forty-two (42) grades 4-12 learners in northern New England with learners' proficiency from novice-low to intermediate-high at Husson University, Bangor, Maine. For the summer 2018, the Bangor Chinese School will continue to provide both new and tested teaching strategies and student learning experiences. Students will gain the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in a learning environment featuring language "immersion". BCS now offers to provide a year-ten of instruction and learning experience in which students will take part in standards-based, student-centered language and culture immersion, thematic organized learning with target language and advanced educational technology. The goal of the learning process is to move each student’s proficiency levels up by the end of the program. It is also the intention of BCS to expand learning experiences for students outside the classroom, including opportunities for students to communicate with Chinese counterparts/friends through the Internet, including, Skype and WeChat which has been done very successfully in the past nine years. All master teachers of student program are required to participate in the BCS’s STARTALK teacher program to ensure the teaching quality of the student program. It is hoped that following the program the participants and their families will be motivated to continue pursuing on-going language-speaking and cultural opportunities to enrich their own knowledge, and promote the ancient and rich Chinese heritage, allowing better understanding and effective diplomacy with that area of the world, be prepared to be able to compete for global jobs, manage multicultural colleagues and collaborate on global teams. Simply stated, if we are to face the challenges of the future with confidence, we must start now, using ACTFL standards and STARTALK principles, in building a cadre of young Americans who comprehend, speak and read this lovely, ancient and "critical" world language.

    Contact(s)
    (207) 990-0710
    jingzhang@bangorchinese.com
    Program Website

    University of Virginia (Student)

    Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 5, 2018 – July 19, 2018: (Online)
    Location(s)
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 2018 VSCSA program at the University of Virginia aims to provide a linguistically and culturally enriched online learning environment for 24 high school students who are rising 9th-12th graders in the US. Students will embark on a 12-day virtual journey in Beijing from July 5 to July 19 in 2018 that concurs with the major timeframe of the VSCTA teacher program. Upon the completion of the program, the learners will develop a positive “Can-Do” attitude and attain proficiency at the intermediate-low level according to ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines. Curricular requirements and lesson plans will be effectively implemented in alignment with the can-do statements across the three communicative modes specified in the online LinguiaFolio. The total instructional hours are 40 hours, including time committed to online orientation and synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Teacher and student ratio is 1:1. The program features quality online learning that is made possible by research-endorsed best practices in language pedagogy and cutting-edge technology platform and tools. Learners have ample opportunities to engage in active learning that is intended to be fun, engaging, and motivating. Students who attend all online synchronous sessions and complete all programmatic and curricular requirements will receive a gift card at the amount of up to 50.00 and a Certificate of Excellence in Learning. Application deadline is April 20, 2018, but spots will be granted on a rolling basis. Please visit the program website to complete online application.

    Contact(s)
    (434) 924-0571
    mt3z@virginia.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

    The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) (Student)

    Speak and Connect

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Portuguese, Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Speak and Connect is a three-week summer language program designed to introduce 50 high school students to Arabic, Portuguese and Russian language. They will be divided into five groups of 10. The program will have two sections for Arabic, two sections for Portuguese and one section for Russian. Selected students will participate in 90 hours of language instruction. Summer language acquisition will be maintained and expanded during the subsequent school year through participation in virtual and face-to-face language and cultural awareness sessions. Upon completion of the program students will have developed a novice/mid level of Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

    Contact(s)
    (915) 747-5000 ext 7031
    mkhatib@utep.edu
    Program Website

    University of Pittsburgh (Student)

    Pitt Chinese STARTALK: A Bridge through Culture

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 21, 2018 – July 13, 2018
    Location(s)
    • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Pitt Chinese STARTALK program will offer a three-week, non-residential language and culture program to 20 high school students for a total of 96 instructional hours at the University of Pittsburgh, Oakland campus. The standard-based and student-centered curriculum is guided by theme “A Bridge through Culture - Building Global Friendship” which aims to increase the linguistic and intercultural competence of these students through experiential learning with native speakers and immersion in Chinese cultural activities. Upon conclusion of this program, students will be expected to have an ACTFL Novice-Mid/High and Intermediate-Low proficiency level in speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

    Contact(s)
    (412) 624-7141
    startalk@pitt.edu
    Program Website

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