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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    Global Village Academy Collaborative (Student Program)

    GVA STARTALK Summer Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • GVA Startalk Summer Program, , CO
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The GVA STARTALK Summer Program will offer 315 K-5th grade students the opportunity on three campuses, Aurora, Northglenn, and Parker to study a critical language in Russian or Mandarin for three weeks through authentic, age appropriate fictional and non-fictional literature. The program is open to a total of 315 K-5 grade students, and they will enter the languages at the Novice to Intermediate range level. Students to will study language for three weeks, for a total of 60 hours of target language instruction. All participants will see themselves language researchers exploring differences and similarities between the languages they are learning. Students will build on their acquired skills as immersion students during the school year--where they study subject content for 50% to 80% of the day in a second target language through listening, speaking, reading and writing about “Making New Friends Around the World”.

    Contact(s)
    (303) 564-5848
    lsmallwood@gvaschools.org
    Program Website

    Fauquier County Public Schools (Student Program)

    FCPS Startalk Environmental Explorers

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Turkish

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Fauquier High School, Warrenton, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fauquier County 2020 STARTALK program includes twelve instructional days beginning July 6. 2020 and ending July 23, 2020 with a total of 90 instructional hours including extended day field trips. New and returning students, who are rising fifth to ninth graders, will be places into differentiated classes with expected novice-low to intermediate-low proficiency levels. The theme will be "Startalk Environmental Explorers". Beginners will explore authentic cultural aspects from locations throughout the Middle East where the target languages are spoken. Returning students will explore environmental aspects of specific regions. All students will engage in interactive activities and design digital portfolios of their journeys.

    Contact(s)
    (540) 422-7024
    timothy.lee.allen85@gmail.com
    Program Website

    University of Pittsburgh (Student Program)

    Pitt STARTALK 2020: We're Off to Russia!

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Pittsburgh, , PA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Pitt STARTALK will be administered by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and will offer an intensive four-week residential Russian language program from June 15 to July 10, 2020, with 210 formal and informal instructional hours for 20 students entering grades 10 through 12. REEES partners with three high schools that offer academic year Russian language programs (Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pritzker College Prep, and Noble Academy) to recruit participants, while also accepting applications from students at other U.S. high schools. The curriculum will be based on the theme “We’re Off to Russia!”, through which Pitt STARTALK students will prepare to spend an academic year studying abroad in Russia. Instruction will be performance-based and emphasize acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, with a goal of ACTFL Novice Mid proficiency for students in Russian I and Novice High for students in Russian II. Other anticipated outcomes include the students’ increased cultural knowledge and college readiness.

    Contact(s)
    (412) 624-5906
    vok1@pitt.edu
    Program Website

    Denver Language School (Student Program)

    Full STEAM Ahead: Chinese DLI Camp

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Our “Full STEAM Ahead: Chinese DLI Camp” will focus on the mission of STARTALK while, at the same time, providing robust and meaningful STEAM education to our participants. Participants will experience STEAM in a whole new way - they will be taught by experts who are native Chinese speakers, using hands-on, project-based learning, with state-of-the-art technologies. Through our guiding “STEAM” theme, participants will experience lessons in Chinese that integrate the engineering design process, coding, robotics, electronics, mathematics, art, and Chinese Culture, through our age-appropriate, engaging curriculum.

    Contact(s)
    (720) 437-1570
    Kathy@denverlanguageschool.org
    Program Website

    UGARF (Student Program)

    Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The program will be postponed until Summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The University of Georgia STARTALK Russian Language Summer Immersion Program is designed to attract highly motivated undergraduate students who are committed to the long-term goals of extended study abroad in a Russian-speaking country and pursing global careers that require advanced and superior proficiency in Russian in professional settings. The intensive residential five-week program is based on the theme “Intensive Russian for Future Global Professionals” and is designed to foster a national pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to the U.S. competitiveness and security. The program will recruit 20 students into Novice High and Intermediate Low tracks from across the country with content-oriented curriculum organized around themes that integrate authentic Communication in all modalities, exploration of modern Russian culture, integration of disciplinary content, engagement with the Russian-speaking communities in/near Athens, and connections with students’ study abroad and global careers plans. This standards-based, residential immersion program will include 232 hour of instruction, including 106 hours of in-class instruction, 30 hours of weekend cultural activities, and 96 hours of self-directed learning activities.

    Contact(s)
    (706) 424-1116
    vhasko@uga.edu

    Kean University (Student Program)

    Kean/STARTALK Hindi and Urdu Student Program

    Language(s)

    Hindi, Urdu

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Kean University School of Curriculum and Teaching, Union, NJ
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    “Heroes Rise: Indian and Pakistani Heroes Impacting the Local and Global Community” serves as the theme for Kean’s 2020 Hindi and Urdu Global Project-Based Learning Program designed for secondary and early post secondary heritage language learners at the Intermediate/Advanced level who wish to gain higher levels of language and intercultural proficiency through the study of Hindi/Urdu in real world contexts and in contemporary learning environments. The program will enroll 15 Hindi and 15 Urdu language learners in a three week standards-driven blended learning experience totaling 99-instructional hours. Learning experiences will focus on using Hindi and Urdu to gain knowledge about past and present Indian and Pakistani heroes and applying that knowledge as the context for the development of a Website through which they will use stories, poetry, music and digital media projects to recognize the contributions of these heroes. The “Heroes Rise” website will also serve as an advocacy platform urging individuals to emulate Indian and Pakistani heroes by tapping into their “hero within” and taking an active role in the heritage community here and abroad to improve conditions locally and globally. Student outcomes include: demonstration of growth in interpretive reading, presentational writing and speaking, increased linguistic accuracy, use of appropriate verbal and non-verbal strategies in interpersonal and presentational communication and development of intercultural/global competencies through daily interactions with students from partner schools and with Indian and Pakistani “invited heroes.”

    Contact(s)
    (908) 737-0552
    jjensen@kean.edu
    Program Website

    Kean University (Practicum Teacher Program)

    Kean/STARTALK Hindi and Urdu Practicum Program

    Language(s)

    Hindi, Urdu

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Kean University School of Curriculum and Teaching, Union, NJ
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Kean blended Practicum Program will enroll 12 heritage, native and/or non-native speakers of Hindi or Urdu from across the 50 states with three or more years teaching experience that wish to increase their professional knowledge and skills through participation in a teacher training program that includes a practicum experience. The program consists of two training segments, an initial 6-weeks of online instruction on “Assessment of Language Performance” (focusing on the role of assessment in planning/instruction, setting realistic expectations for student performance, and meaningful assessment of performance in context), followed by 1-week of onsite instruction on the use of Global Project-Based Language Learning (GPBLL) as an instructional model (gaining an in-depth understanding of the principles for teaching for global competence and connection to research-based best practices in language learning/ teaching). These initial instructional training experiences prepare participants for participation in the second training segment, a 2-week Practicum that includes observation and teaching in the Hindi and Urdu Student Program using the GPBLL instructional model. Participant outcomes focus on evidence of teachers’ ability to (a) create and implement real world learning experiences using cultural products, practices and perspectives as the context for the development of tasks in a GPBLL thematic unit that prepare students for successful completion of performance assessments; (b) develop and facilitate authentic performance tasks; and (c) provide actionable learner feedback. Participants may earn 4.5 graduate credits in the program which may be used to fulfill degree and licensure requirements or to pursue Alternate Route Certification Programs offered in most states.

    Contact(s)
    (908) 737-0552
    jjensen@kean.edu
    Program Website

    UCF (Student Program)

    STARTALK 2020: Where East Meets West.

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    "STARTALK at UCF: Where East Meets West" will focus on Arabic and Russian languages and cultural understanding in the professional world for future youth leaders which gives students the necessary skills for a successful trip to Russia and Arab World 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 and Arabic language in the professional environment, learn about contemporary youth leadership festivals/forums and understand the norms that are prevalent in the target languages youth 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 four groups of Novice Low to Novice-High levels, 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 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" as well as developing Arabic and new russian resources.

    Contact(s)
    (407) 823-2472
    alla.kourova@ucf.edu
    Program Website

    Howard County Public School System (Student Program)

    STARTALK: HCPSS CHINESE LANGUAGE CAMP

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Howard County Public Schools, Ellicott City, MD
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The HCPSS STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp is a three week (91 instructional hours) Chinese Immersion program for sixty students in grades 3-5 and 30 students in grades 6-8, who are in the Novice Low to Novice Mid on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The focus is for the students to learn the Chinese language and culture through virtual travel in China, where the students will explore the geography and history of China, the weather, modes of transportation, historical sites and monuments, family titles and relationships, holidays and festivals, and cultural events such as the Peking Opera. By the end of the program, at least 90% of the students will reach at least a “novice-mid” proficiency level in all modes of communication based on the ACTFL 2012 Proficiency Guidelines.

    Contact(s)
    (410) 313-7615
    norda_hodgson-clopein@hcpss.org

    Winston-Salem State University (Student Program)

    2020 STARTALK STEAM-Infused Chinese Summer Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 2020 WSSU Startalk STEAM-Infused Chinese Intensive Summer Program for high school and college students in the Triad Piedmont Areas of North Carolina aims at providing national standard-based language and culture instruction, preparing the young generation the essential and critical language skills in 21 century for the ever-changing world. It offers face-to-face intensive Chinese language immersion learning opportunities at the beginning and post-beginning levels with an enriched culture of literacy contents and workshops. This three-week program runs from July 6 through July 24, lunch is included. College students can receive 3 credit hours of Chinese upon the successful completion of the course.

    Contact(s)
    (336) 750-3452
    xiongw@wssu.edu
    Program Website

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