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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    Anne Arundel Community College (Student Program)

    STARTALK 2020: Connections in Russian

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    STARTALK 2020: Connections in Russian, a second-year Russian four-week summer program, will be held June 22 – July 16, 2020 at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and will focus on developing and expanding communicative competence and cultural awareness in midshipmen at USNA and students from nearby Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and other local schools. The program will meet for 7 hours per day for 19 days (a total of 133 instructional hours) and will offer four weeks of intensive Russian instruction at the Novice-High to Intermediate-Low level. At the end of the program the 20 student participants will have completed two semesters of Russian. They will work on developing their Russian for future professional and personal development. The outcomes of the program are successful completion of the course and continued pursuit of formal and informal study of Russian.

    Contact(s)
    (410) 293-6356
    oneil@usna.edu

    The University Corporation (Student Program)

    CSUN Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program is designed for undergraduate students who see themselves pursuing professional careers where their knowledge of the Russian language and culture will be a major asset. The rigorous residential five-week curriculum is organized around the general theme “Let’s Talk About Life” and covers various life aspects including but not limited to education, professional career, social life, hobbies and interests. The level-appropriate linguistic, cultural, and professional competencies that the students develop enable them to employ their knowledge of Russia and Russian in a host of future careers all over the world across professional areas. The program is designed to promote accelerated language learning with integrated knowledge of culture, protocols, and national identity in modern Russia. It will admit 20 undergraduate students 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

    Korean American Center (Student Program)

    STARTALK Korean Summer Immersion Program

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Korean American Center, Irvine, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Korean American Center, in partnership with UCI's Center for Critical Korean Studies (CCKS), will host STARTALK Korean Heritage Summer Immersion Program, which will provide a unique opportunity for rising 6th through 8th graders to join an amazing and intensive 4-week linguistic and cultural experience that can open doors for college and a 21st century global economy. Our program will provide enriched opportunities to novice level Heritage learners, through classroom immersion, to advance student’s Korean language acquisition in Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational modes of communication which learners will apply using real-world scenarios. Under the program theme of “Our History, Our Heritage, Our Heroes” students will explore their identities as Korean Americans. Each class will have a minor-theme, using different activities, learners will improve their understanding and will explore the connections between Korean culture, arts and language, by participating in engaging, hands-on cultural activities such as arts, crafts, calligraphy, and music while also enhancing real-world applications. The program will run Monday through Friday from June 22, 2020 through July 17, 2020 (4-weeks total) from 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. By the end of the program, participants will receive 110 hours of instruction and Congressional Certificate of Recognition. Through Korean American Center, learners will have the opportunity for continuous learning even after the STARTALK program.

    Contact(s)
    (949) 535-3355
    TK@KoreanAmericanCenter.org
    Program Website

    Lindblom Math and Science Academy (Student Program)

    StarTalk: Around the World , Let’s travel.

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Lindblom Math & Science Academy, Chicago, IL
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 2020 STARTALK funds will guarantee continued Chinese and Arabic culture and language learning opportunities at Lindblom Math and Science Academy for all Chicago Public School students who are at a Chinese or Arabic level 2 proficiency, grades 7th through 11th. The program will offer 60 students the opportunity to receive Chinese and Arabic immersed instruction; 90 hours (75 hours of face-to face and 15 hours online instruction) asynchronous learning model enhanced through culture, technology, arts, and social media. The intended duration of the program for the 2020Summer is from June 29, 2020 to July 24th, 2020. The goal of the program is to increase oral and written proficiency by one sub-level on the ACTFL Proficiency Scales (ie. Arabic 2 NM-NH). We anticipate that approximately 95% of our Level 2 students will continue in our 2020-2021 academic year to increase enrollment in the Chinese and Arabic programs offered in Chicago Public Schools.

    Contact(s)
    (312) 505-2278
    wjbevis@cps.edu
    Program Website

    Fayette County Public Schools (Student Program)

    FCPS STARTALK Chinese Summer Program 2020

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Tate’s Creek Middle School, Lexington, KY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fayette County Public School District’s 2020 STARTALK Chinese Summer Program will provide 50 instructional hours via a 2-week summer program for 104 district students in grades K-5 who are currently studying the Chinese language in district schools.
    Expected outcomes for our novice-mid through intermediate-low learners include 1) students will sustain and/or improve their language proficiency levels (novice – intermediate); 2) students will increase their intercultural communication including knowledge of products, practices, and perspectives through their experience with Chinese culture; and 3) student experiences will support further interest in the learning of Chinese throughout our district and continue to serve as a PR opportunity connecting parents and community members to our students and schools.
    The FCPS STARTALK program will result in an increase in the number of students studying Chinese throughout the secondary grades and eventually at the postsecondary level, strengthening the K – 16 pipeline, while also helping to increase the number of district programs. Participating students will develop a more sophisticated world view and appreciation for other cultures and meeting the district’s mission of creating a collaborative community that ensures all students achieve at high levels and 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
    Program Website

    University of Utah (Focus Teacher Program)

    DLI Secondary Summer Institute for Teachers

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Russian, Spanish

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The DLI Secondary Summer Institute for Teachers will prepare in-service and pre-service teachers of Arabic, Russian and Spanish to deliver effective instruction in immersion programs at the secondary level and to help students progress through the Intermediate level of proficiency towards the goal of Advanced proficiency. The target population are teachers who are currently in elementary DLI programs and plan to move to secondary, or pre-service teachers getting ready to teach at the secondary level. Participants will complete approximately 5 hours of online pre-program modules, a 5-day face-to-face program with a total of 35 hours of instruction, and an additional 7 hours of online interaction after completion of the program. The face-to-face component of the Institute will take place at the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City on July 13-17. Participants will receive housing at an on-site hotel, breakfast and lunch during the Institute, and $415 to offset the cost of travel to Salt Lake City.

    Contact(s)
    (801) 581-6729
    fernando.rubio@utah.edu
    Program Website

    VMI (Student Program)

    Exploring the Madina: a STARTALK program

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • The Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Exploring the Madina STARTALK program engages students across communicative modes in intercultural contexts. These competencies are respectively honed in the social spheres of the home, university, coffee shop, and marketplace classrooms; all of which comprise daily life in the madina ‘city’. Successful students will earn college credit and be able to demonstrate level appropriate (ACTFL novice) proficiency, such as reading authentic simple ads and menus, and writing short autobiographies. They showcase proficiency at the end of the program by undergoing individual interviews based on Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) benchmarks, composing menus and performing unscripted skits in Arabic that are centered around the coffeehouse, a place that represents a unique social and cultural hub in Arabic speaking societies. Approximately 15 students with little knowledge of Arabic reach the novice level over the course of 4 weeks (95 instruction hours).

    Contact(s)
    (540) 464-7454
    schroepferjw@vmi.edu
    Program Website

    Sam Houston State University (Student Program)

    STARTALK Arabic Program at Sam Houston State U

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Arabic student program at Sam Houston State University aims to reach 30 high school and college students through 90 instructional hours over three weeks in June 2020. Through an integrated dynamic approach to language learning, the program intends to expose rural students of East Texas to Arabic language and culture, for most, likely their first interactions. “Let us set up an Arabic Festival” the theme for the program, will result in a mock festival where students will showcase their newly acquired skills, such as calligraphy, speaking, playing percussion with Derbakke, and performing Dabke. At end of the program, as result of highly intensive interaction with the target language and culture, students will have achieved ACTFL standard of novice mid to novice high proficiency in Arabic language and culture and be able to interact with native speakers at a survival level.

    Contact(s)
    (936) 294-3894
    sxz015@shsu.edu

    Glastonbury Public Schools (Student Program)

    Discover Chinese & Discover Russian

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    This program is a three-week intensive program that is designed to move students forward in their Chinese and Russian language proficiency development. It incorporates learners from grades 1-12 (Chinese) and 3-12 (Russian) from the Novice to the Intermediate-low levels, where beginning in grades 1-6, the students experience a content-related FLES program that introduces them to the Chinese or Russian language and culture. In grades 7-12, students are placed according to their previous learning experience in level 1-4 classes, in Chinese, or level 1-2 classes in Russian. There will be approximately twenty students at the elementary level and forty at the middle/high school levels for a total of 45 instructional hours for elementary and 90 hours for secondary students. The program will run from July 6 - July 24, 2020, with a theme for the 2020 Chinese program of "Contemporary China: Beijing." The theme of the Russian program is "Contemporary Russia: St. Petersburg."

    Contact(s)
    (860) 652-7200 ext 12030
    wildmanj@glastonburyus.org
    Program Website

    Glastonbury Public Schools (Practicum Teacher Program)

    Lead with Chinese & Lead with Russian

    Language(s)

    Chinese, Russian

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    This program provides a three-week session for six practicum participants in Chinese and three practicum participants in Russian to learn to deliver instruction that focuses on strategies to create comprehensible input and improve interpretive skills and to be able to partner with other educators to expand their understanding of language development. The practicum participants will work hand in hand with the instructional leads to plan and deliver lessons to students at different proficiency levels from novice-mid to intermediate-mid. Participants will represent different areas of the country and will come from different levels of teaching. Participants will have a total of 90 hours of in-person instruction, which include 19 total days, 15 of them with students and 4 of them in professional development. Practicum participants will create learning plans that demonstrate their ability to create comprehensible input in the target language and will expand their understanding of how people learn a second language.

    Contact(s)
    (201) 265-5265
    drjdowd@aol.com
    Program Website

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