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    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

    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

    Howard Community College (Student)

    STARTALK Intensive Language Learning Experience

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 2, 2018 – August 2, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    HCC will provide summer courses in Arabic and Chinese to 60 high school students in Howard County. HCC will recruit students from grades 9 – 12 from public, private, and homeschools in the county and will provide them with 86 hours of instruction over five weeks from July 2 through August 2. Outcomes include: exiting participants at the novice mid or novice high level, increasing understanding of Arabic and Chinese speaking cultures, recruiting learners to continue with second semester language offerings in the fall semester, exposing learners to potential career opportunities requiring the knowledge and skills in a critical language, and continuing to promote heightened awareness and conversation around Arabic and Chinese language and cultural issues in the community throughout the academic year.

    Contact(s)
    (443) 518-4678
    jdumont@howardcc.edu
    Program Website

    CAIS (Student)

    CAIS STARTALK Summer Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5

    Date(s)
    • June 18, 2018 – July 27, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • CAIS STARTALK Summer Program, San Francisco, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The purpose of the CAIS STARTALK Elementary Immersion Program is to provide continuity for retention, enhanced learning, and reinforcement of Chinese language and culture skills to a constituency of San Francisco Unified School District and student who are studying in similar immersion models that would otherwise not be able to access such an opportunity. As a result of participating in the summer program, students will be confident of their language capabilities and enjoy learning about Chinese culture in a fun environment. Students who have been identified as struggling during the school year have the chance to
    reinforce their learning. We are targeting twelve students per grade, 1st to 5th grade inclusive for two three week sessions for a total of one hundred fifty students and two hundred and ten instructional hours.

    Contact(s)
    (415) 865-6010
    k_lee@cais.org
    Program Website

    Fargo Public Schools (Student)

    Fargo STARTALK Chinese Retreat for Students

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 23, 2018 – August 10, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Trollwood Performing Arts School, Moorhead, MN
    • NDSU Memorial Union, Fargo, ND
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    This three-week Chinese immersion program will allow 48 participants grades, 3-5 and 6-8 to attain a novice-mid
    proficiency level in Chinese. During the six hour days, students will engage in dynamic task-based
    language learning, practicing martial arts, calligraphy, cooking, and Chinese ink painting. The theme Exploring the Regions of China will explore the four regions of China:, North, South, East, and West. Students will learn about the geography including flora and fauna, climate, clothes, monuments, famous people, and foods in thematic units. A field trip to Concordia Language Villages Chinese Village, Sen Lin Hu, will provide a rich exchange of activities and an opportunity for interpersonal communication.

    Contact(s)
    (701) 793-2555
    mary.thrond@gmail.com
    Program Website

    University of Wisconsin-Madison (Student)

    UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Lang & Culture Academy

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 17, 2018 – July 19, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Van Hise Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    “My Journey to South Korea” serves as the theme for the 2018 UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy. We will recruit 35 high school students with no or very little prior experience with Korean with the objective of them reaching a Novice Mid to Novice High level of proficiency by the programs’ end. Learning objectives include developing communicative competencies in contexts of travel, family, food, weather and popular culture while exploring Korean cultural practices, products and perspectives. The program will meet for five hours per day, Monday-Friday, over four weeks, for a total of 100 instructional hours.

    Contact(s)
    (608) 262-3341
    byungjin.lim@wisc.edu
    Program Website

    HEB ISD (Student)

    STARTALK Better Together

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Hindi

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 5, 2018 – June 21, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Central Junior High School, Euless, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    HEB ISD’s “STARTALK: Better Together” language academy will provide three weeks / 72 hours of student-centered learning and instruction in Hindi, Arabic, or Chinese to rising 6th and 7th graders, and intermediate level practice for 8th-11th grade students, as well as exposure to all three languages. Projected enrollment for Arabic, Hindi, and Chinese is 50 students per language, comprising 30 novice 6th and 7th graders and 20 intermediate students. At the end of this academy, we expect rising 6th and 7th grade students to achieve novice low-to-mid level oral proficiency in their language of choice and upper grades students to achieve intermediate low-to-mid level. We anticipate that approximately 90% of our 7th grade students will continue in the language course in the fall at our district. For intermediate students, we expect their scores on the IB exams to reflect the benefits of additional language practice and cultural experience.

    Contact(s)
    (817) 891-5396
    vandanarajpurohit@hebisd.edu

    Wofford College (Student)

    STARTALK Chinese Student Program @ Wofford College

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 18, 2018 – June 29, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • STARTALK Chinese @ Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    STARTALK @ Wofford offers 149 instructional hours, blended beginning Chinese language and culture courses (two-week intensive summer classes, eight-week summer online learning, and twenty-five individualized sessions in the Fall and Winter) to forty-five 6th-12th graders in Spartanburg, Greenville, nearby counties and other places who have little prior access to Chinese language and culture. The goals are to provide communicative language learning and hands-on cultural activities to promote participants’ learning of Chinese language and culture, and to boost their awareness of the national need to learn a strategic language such as Chinese, the differences/similarities between Chinese language and culture and their base language and culture, and an awareness of the local Chinese community. During the program, participants will receive performance-based language instruction, participate in hands-on cultural activities, and apply what they have learned in tasks that simulate future communication in an exchange program. Participants will engage in all communication modes, and improve their language proficiency 1 to 2 sublevels higher.

    Contact(s)
    (864) 597-4902
    zhangy@wofford.edu
    Program Website

    Glastonbury Public Schools (Student)

    Discover Chinese

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 27, 2018 – July 20, 2018: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    This program is a four-week intensive program that is designed to move students forward in their Chinese language proficiency development. It incorporates learners from grades 1-12 from the Novice to the Intermediate-low levels. In grades 1-6, the students experience a content-related FLES program that introduces them to Chinese language and culture. In grades 7-12, students are placed according to their previous learning experience in level 1-4 classes. There will be approximately five students at the elementary level and twenty at the middle/high school levels for a total of 51 instructional hours for elementary and 102 hours for secondary students. The program will run from June 27-July 20, 2018.

    Contact(s)
    (860) 652-7200 ext 2030
    wildmanj@glastonburyus.org
    Program Website

    University of Mississippi (Student)

    Mississippi StarTalk 12

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 27, 2018 – July 27, 2018
    Location(s)
    • University of Mississippi, University (Oxford), MS
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Mississippi Chinese StarTalk 12 will offer four weeks of intensive residential instruction (20 days and 100 contact hours of instruction) to up to 30 high school students from Mississippi and other states who will learn the language in three different levels ranging from Novice Mid to Intermediate Mid. A team of three teachers, one program coordinator, three tutor-counselors and other staff members will oversee the program academically and culturally. During the course of this program, students will learn to appreciate the Chinese language by possessing it and communicating in it, while being immersed in nine communication tasks in both spoken and written Chinese.

    Contact(s)
    (662) 915-7178
    mldyer@olemiss.edu
    Program Website

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