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    Western Michigan University (Teacher)

    Michigan STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 6, 2018: Online Learning (Online)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: Onsite Training (Face-to-face)
    • July 30, 2018 – August 3, 2018: Online Practicum (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The MSCTA begins with one-week online training (July 2- 6), followed by 3-week onsite training and practicum at the Western Michigan University (WMU) (July 9-27) and one-week online practicum (July 30-August 3). The MSCTA program aims to recruit five experienced Chinese teachers (more than 3-years teaching experience) and ten prospective and novice (0-2 years of teaching experience) Chinese teachers 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. In-service Chinese teachers will be awarded up to 100 professional development SCECHs hours upon completion of the summer program. The program also offers 3 to 6 credits for the graduate level course on Teaching Chinese As a Second Language offered by the College of Education and Human Development at WMU. Teacher participants who are interested in obtaining credits will pay tuition and associated fee at their own expense. Participants who are registered for graduate credits will be given $596.25 as a scholarship. Those who do not need to obtain credits will not need to pay any program fee. Thus, in conjunction with WMU’s Teacher Certification Program, after the program, the participants will have three pathways that lead to certification i.e., add a minor endorsement (20 credit hours) in their initial teaching certificate, the initial Graduate Teaching Chinese Certificate program (26 credit hours) or the master program (33 credit hours). The application deadline is April 25, 2018, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Contact(s)
    (269) 387-3465 ext 3496
    moimooi.lew@wmich.edu
    Program Website

    New York City Department of Education (Student)

    K-Talk! Seoul to Soul

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – August 10, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Francis Lewis High School, Fresh Meadows, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    "K-talk! Seoul to Soul" is a dynamic STARTALK Korean Language Summer Program designed to immerse students in the rich culture and language of Korea through 21st century teaching and learning. Through a virtual exploration using Google, students will engage in a living history of Seoul, re-enacting the past and examining its influence on the present. Real-world experiences in Korean arts and crafts, music, dance, Tae Kwon Do, and food preparation and tasting will bring culture, content, and language to life. E-portfolios, student-created blogs, and interactive exhibitions will highlight students' success. To promote a deep and continuing appreciation for the Korean culture, post-program activities include the 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration at the Korea Society of NYC, the 2018 NYC Korean Parade, as well as two complimentary tickets to the 2019 International Festival at Francis Lewis High School. To support on-going Korean language development, free Rosetta Stone accounts (one per household) will be offered to students' families for the 2018-19 academic year. Aligned to the World-Readiness Standards, the five-week intensive program will be offered Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., July 9, 2018 to August 10, 2018. Space is limited to 30 novice (beginner) participants. Apply by May 31, 2018.

    Potential participants may indicate their interest by completing the Google form at the following link:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5jfOV3XWhjGYmggJY4hKOJva0YjyC...

    Contact(s)
    (718) 281-8247
    jirvingmongui@schools.nyc.gov

    University of Minnesota (Teacher)

    STARTALK:Transitioning to Teaching Language Online

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Swahili, Urdu

    Date(s)
    • June 11, 2018 – July 1, 2018: Main Program (Online)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 8, 2018: Optional ePortfolio Work (Online)
    Location(s)
    • Completely online program, , MN
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Experienced classroom teachers of beginning levels of critical languages will be selected to participate in the “STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online” (STARTALK:TTLO) program and will work entirely online with the instruction and support of experienced online program instructors.

    The program will be offered as an intensive three-week summer course (June 11 - July 1, 2018) for critical language teachers. Outcomes will include improving the participant teachers’ ability to 1) analyze their experiences as an online students and online language students; 2) articulate the differences between teaching online and teaching in the classroom; 3) design successful online, proficiency-oriented language activities within the three communication modes framework, and 4) identify basic principles of how to design, develop, and deliver their own hybrid or online course. The program includes online language mini-lessons that will be conducted as a “class-within-a-class” so that language learning activities set within the framework of the three communication modes, learner behaviors and needs, online design and expectations, and best practices for teaching online can be modeled and analyzed, created and tested, and peer-critiqued in a safe environment. Participants will be engaged in active for approximately 120 hours total for the program, depending on the needs and skills of the participants.

    Contact(s)
    (612) 625-8848
    johns484@umn.edu
    Program Website

    Appalachian State University (Student)

    APPSTATE-STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Appalachian State University (App State), located in Boone, North Carolina, offers a three-week, residential, intensive student program from July 9 to July 27, 2018. The culturally rich and academically rigorous Chinese program is designed for 18 rising 9th-12th-grade students with limited or no previous exposure to Chinese from the high schools in the High Country of North Carolina. Focusing on the theme of “The High Country Meets the Middle Kingdom,” the program will offer a total of 235 contact hours in structured language learning. Upon the completion of the program, students will reach “Novice Low/Mid” proficiency in all modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational).

    Contact(s)
    (828) 262-2302
    tux@appstate.edu
    Program Website

    Mercy College (Student)

    STARTALK: A Student Life in Seoul

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 30, 2018 – August 17, 2018
    Location(s)
    • Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Korean Language Program at Mercy College, “STARTALK: A Student Life in Seoul,” will advance students’ Korean language competency to novice-mid or novice-high level, depending on their level at program entrance. We will recruit and select 30 students in grades 6-8 with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including students returning from the previous year’s program. Through both virtual and face-to-face teaching and learning experiences, the students will explore Korean family life, school life, and cultural activities aligned to the World Readiness Standards. The students will have opportunities to create digital stories to present their learning outcomes in the STARTALK program. The program will be offered Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 30 to August 17, 2018, for a total of 90 hours of instructional time.

    Contact(s)
    (914) 674-7333
    jkmiller@mercy.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 Toledo (Teacher)

    STARTALK-CHELER Chinese Leadership Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 13, 2018 – July 11, 2018: (Online)
    • July 15, 2018 – July 22, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Universit of Toledo, Toledo, OH
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    • The STARTALK-CHELER Chinese Leadership Program is designed to expand the conceptual understanding and practical teaching skills of experienced K-12 teacher leaders of community-based Chinese heritage schools/programs. The blended residential teacher program includes a one-month online session, an eight-day workshop on the main campus at the University of Toledo, and a semester-long online forum, with approximately 88 hours of instruction. The instruction and learning experiences will be differentiated for new and returning STARTALK participants. Teacher participants will collaborate in small groups to develop a Standards-based age-appropriate unit and student learning plans using backward design planning and STARTALK Endorsed Principles and to conduct micro-teachings to volunteer Chinese heritage speakers. The goals of the 2018 Program are to enhance the knowledge and skills of 18 participants by developing pedagogically-sound learning plans with technology and teaching practices focusing on the literacy development of Chinese heritage speakers and differentiated instruction (returning STARTALK participants particularly).

    Contact(s)
    (419) 530-2146
    anchung.cheng@utoledo.edu
    Program Website

    Harvard University (Student)

    STARTALK: Bridges to Russia

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 30, 2018 – August 24, 2018
    Location(s)
    • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    “STARTALK: Bridges to Russia: Culture and Social Studies” is a four-week (100 hours) intensive Russian language program for heritage speakers of Intermediate High and Advanced Low levels of proficiency, who attend high schools in the US (20 participants). The theme of the program is personal and family stories in the broader context of Russian history of the 20th century with the linguistic focus on reading and writing proficiency. Our students will be involved in community service at the local retirement home, where they will conduct a series of interviews with the Russian-speaking residents and show to them their final projects (digital story telling – in collaboration with Harvard Art Museum) /performance (theater) /Editorial Room (newspaper writing). This year, we will offer to our instructors a four-day comprehensive professional development seminar on STARTALK principals, lesson planning and teaching techniques.

    Contact(s)
    (617) 495-2497
    oksanawillis@fas.harvard.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

    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

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