Texas A&M University (Student Program)
A STEAM Trip to East Asia:STARTALK Student Program
- June 1, 2020 – June 26, 2020
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2021 PROGRAM COMING SOON!
With the theme “A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Trip to East Asia”, our program features a grand virtual trip to China and Korea where students will learn the languages and cultures through a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum. The 20-day, 80-instructional-hour summer program will enroll a total of 45 second and third-grade non-heritage language learners with no prior experience in the target languages: 30 for the Chinese program, and 15 for the Korean program. A comprehensive integration of culture, content and language into the theme “A STEAM Trip to East Asia” will provide our students with the unique opportunity to: a) learn the languages along with learning about the rapid robotics development and the vibrant visual and performing art forms in East Asia, and b) to experience both historical and contemporary China and Korea through dynamic and creative project-based and student-centered activities. By the end of the summer program, students are expected to: a) achieve a novice-mid level of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the target language, and b) develop a sustained interest in the target languages and cultures and continue their learning in the online program from July to August and in the after-school programs in the fall semester. Our program will also serve as a springboard for the establishment of two-way immersion programs in collaboration with the school district over the next few years.