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    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

    University of Utah (Student)

    University of Utah Portuguese Student Camp

    Language(s)

    Portuguese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8

    Date(s)
    • June 11, 2018 – June 17, 2018: Pre-Camp Online Component (Online)
    • June 18, 2018 – June 23, 2018: Residential Camp (Face-to-face)
    • June 24, 2018 – August 3, 2018: Post-Camp Online Component (Online)
    Location(s)
    • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The 2018 University of Utah (UU) Portuguese Startalk student program is an exciting opportunity for 30 rising seventh-grade Portuguese immersion students in Utah to push past the limitations of their classrooms and see how advanced levels of Portuguese language proficiency can open new doors for college and career readiness. A primary goal of the program is to provide the antidote to student attrition in dual language immersion programs, which commonly occurs as students move from the elementary to secondary school, by providing them with exciting ways to apply their growing language fluency to new subjects – in this case the Amazon, biodiversity, human rights and environmental issues. The program will feature three weeks of blended learning with 60 hours of Portuguese instruction and collaboration nestled between 30 hours of online, distance-learning curriculum. Students, including both heritage and non-heritage Portuguese speakers, will enter the student camp primarily at the intermediate-low proficiency level. During the camp experiences, student participants will engage in advanced-low discourse as they research issues of biodiversity, human rights, and environmental protection; compare and contrast Brazilian and American culture; discuss and debate controversial topics; and write informational essays and present group projects related to the Amazon Rainforest.

    Contact(s)
    (801) 585-7988
    c.holzner@utah.edu

    Pan American International High School (Student)

    Pan American STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Progra

    Language(s)

    Hindi

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 31, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Pan American International High School, Elmhurst, Queens, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Pan American STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program 2018 will be a four-week program for heritage and non-heritage middle school and high school students. This program will follow STARTALK endorsed principles for effective teaching and learn with 100% usage of Hindi language. Students will read for gist and for detail, communicate and negotiate, create and present final projects related to the theme of the program “Let’s Go Green: Festivals and Environment.” Novice Mid and Novice High level students will focus on the festival celebrations in India whereas Intermediate students will create projects around the effects of celebrations on the environment. Students will celebrate Indian festivals while developing all modalities of Hindi Language skills. Students will be assessed and evaluated in all communicative modes and through real-life performance tasks. Students will be eligible to earn credits for Hindi as a foreign language.

    Contact(s)
    (718) 640-5259
    sushmaved@hotmail.com

    West Windsor-Plainsboro RSD (Student)

    Hindi and Urdu Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Hindi, Urdu

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018: STARTALK Hindi and Urdu Immersion Program (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Grover Middle School, West windsor, NJ
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Hindi and Urdu Program Immersion Program will run from July 9 till July 27, 2018. The program will enroll 70 students for Hindi and Urdu language, 35 for Hindi and 35 for Urdu language whose proficiency will vary from Novice to Advanced. The instructional hours will be from 9.00 am to 3.00pm for three weeks onsite. The theme of the program is " Where Our Dreams Take Us: Immigration and Identity". The curriculum follows the backward design model and at the completion of the three week program students will be able to perform tasks in Novice to Advance range in accordance with the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for k-12 students(1999).

    Contact(s)
    (609) 275-1968
    rb154@nyu.edu
    Program Website

    San Mateo Foster City School District (Student)

    STARTALK Chinese DNA and Genetics Summer Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5

    Date(s)
    • July 23, 2018 – August 9, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • College Park Elementary School, San Mateo, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    This program will offer 80 elementary students and exciting and fun science-oriented summer immersion three week experience. It is open to K-5 students in San Mateo County, California. Students will be divided into four classes of 20 students based on their grade levels (K-1, 2, 3, 4-5). At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate with each other, their family, and members of the community, in Chinese. In addition to engaging in hands-on fun science activities related to the exploration of DNA and genetics, field trips will give the students the opportunity to visit a real science laboratory at Stanford University and to meet with other scientists, and all the students will be able to bring home with them a sample of DNA that they isolated themselves from strawberries as well as a life-long love of and interest in science.

    Contact(s)
    (650) 312-7691
    collegepark.startalk@gmail.com

    California State University, Northridge (Student)

    CSUN Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • June 7, 2018 – July 13, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program is designed to promote accelerated language learning with integrated knowledge of culture, protocols, and national identity in modern Russia. The program will admit 20 undergraduates from universities and community colleges across the nation, dividing cohorts into two proficiency tracks: Novice and Intermediate. Standards-based and thematically organized curriculum is programmed over five weeks of residential study with 270 hours of structured learning: 125 hours of in-class instruction; 105 hours of self-directed learning activities; and 40 hours of weekend cultural enrichment activities. Participants typically advance one to two ACTFL tiers in language proficiency.

    Contact(s)
    (818) 677-3593
    dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu
    Program Website

    Fayette County Public Schools (Student)

    FCPS STARTALK Chinese Summer Program 2018

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5

    Date(s)
    • June 18, 2018 – June 29, 2018
    Location(s)
    • Tates Creek Middle School, Lexington, KY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fayette County Public School District’s 2018 STARTALK Chinese Summer Program will provide 55 instructional hours via a 2-week summer program for 120 district students (rising grades 1 – 6) who are currently studying Chinese language in district schools as well as native/heritage speakers in those grades & schools.
    Expected outcomes include 1) students will sustain &/or improve their language proficiency levels (novice – intermediate); 2) students will increase their knowledge of & experience with Chinese culture; & 3) student experiences will provide PR & help build interest among other students to participate in school-year Chinese classes & future STARTALK programs.
    The program will result in an increase in the number of students studying Chinese throughout the secondary grades & eventually at the postsecondary level, strengthening the K – 16 pipeline.
    Participating students will develop a more sophisticated world view & appreciation for other cultures & meeting the district’s mission of creating a collaborative community that ensures all students achieve at high levels & graduate prepared to excel in a global society.
    The program will also engage parents in actively supporting the district’s Chinese language program, which may play a critical role in the district continuing to fund the offering of Chinese in future years.

    Contact(s)
    (859) 381-4749
    laura.roche@fayette.kyschools.us

    Consortium of Illinois Language Schools (Student)

    Startalk Nurture Student Chinese Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8

    Date(s)
    • June 6, 2018 – July 13, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Plainfield North High School, Plainfield, IL
    • Kennedy Junior High School, Lisle, IL
    • Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield, IL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The program will recruit 70 students from Grade 4 to Grade 8 students from 3 school districts in 3 locations. There are two curriculum templates for two proficiency levels - Novice Mid and Novice High (7 to 3 ratio). We will have 8 teachers and 5 TAs for a 15 day (90hr) program in June of 2018.

    Contact(s)
    (630) 699-5726
    fredlu98@gmail.com

    American Councils (Student)

    STARTALK Discover Russian

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 2, 2018 – July 26, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Discover Russian is a four-week introduction to Russian language and culture course that will be offered by American Councils for International Education and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) to 30 rising 8th-12th graders at TJHSST’s campus in Fairfax County, Virginia. The program fosters interest in Russian language and culture among students with and without access to Russian programs in their schools and/or communities by offering three class levels: Novice-Mid for those new to Russian and Novice-High and Intermediate Low for those with prior Russian language experience. Although placement will be determined by language proficiency and not age, differentiation will occur to accommodate students’ varying rates of learning and levels of maturity. Classes will meet seven hours each day for 18 days, for a total of 126 hours of immersion instruction. Participants in Level One will reach Novice-Mid level proficiency by the program’s end, while those in Level Two will attain Novice-High, and those in Level Three will reach Intermediate Low.

    Contact(s)
    (703) 955-9228
    ecsandstrom@fcps.edu

    University of Pittsburgh (Student)

    Pitt STARTALK: We're off to Russia!

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 17, 2018 – July 13, 2018: Summer Session (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Pitt STARTALK will be administered by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and offer an intensive four-week residential program from June 17 to July 13, 2018, with 160 formal and informal instructional hours for 20 students entering grades 10 through 12. REES is partnering with three high schools that offer academic year Russian language programs (Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pritzker College Prep, and The Noble Academy) to recruit participants. The curriculum will be based on the theme “Soon to Russia!”, through which the 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 to Novice High proficiency across modalities for students in Russian I and Intermediate Low proficiency for students in Russian II. Other anticipated outcomes include increased cultural knowledge and college readiness.

    Contact(s)
    (412) 648-7407
    vok1@pitt.edu

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