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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    Wofford College (Student Program)

    STARTALK Chinese program @ Wofford College

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    STARTALK @ Wofford offers 116 instructional hours, beginning Chinese language and culture courses (three-week intensive summer classes and several hours of cultural activities in the fall and early winter) to forty 6th-12th graders in Spartanburg, Greenville, nearby counties and other places who have little prior access to Chinese language and culture. The goal is 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 1-2 sublevels higher.

    Contact(s)
    (440) 220-2878 ext 02878
    zhangy@wofford.edu
    Program Website

    Huayuan Chinese Academy, Inc. (Student Program)

    STARTALK STEM-Integrated Chinese Learning Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Summit Hall Elementary School, Gaithersburg, MD
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Huayuan Chinese Academy’s “STARTALK STEM-Integrated Chinese Learning Program” will immerse 45 rising 2nd through 5th graders with no or little previous experience with Chinese in a Chinese language and culture environment for a total of 91 instructional hours over 3 weeks, June 29-July 17, 2020, followed by a 10-week fall Extension Program. The curriculum is constructed around the storyline of the fictional character Water Baby’s fun life, magic show, and adventures, with the STEM-based theme “Explore Water, an Essential Element of Life.” The curriculum integrates hands-on linguistic, cultural, and scientific activities, all designed based on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. At the end of the program, students will be able to greet each other, exchange simple information about themselves and their family members, as well as topics related to three states of water, water cycle, and water pollution, and follow simple steps in Chinese for scientific experiments.

    Contact(s)
    (301) 254-1238
    cheala@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Yuva Hindi Sansthan (Student Program)

    YHS STARTALK HINDI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 2020

    Language(s)

    Hindi

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Gwyn-Nor Elementary School, North Wales, PA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    YHS STARTALK HINDI LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 2020, in collaboration with North Penn School District, will recruit 40 Elementary, Middle and Early High School students from heritage and non-heritage groups using a placement process including a Google form with questionnaire about their proficiency, background, interest and goals learning Hindi, one to one interviews and AAPPL Tests. The participants, ages 7 to 15, will be placed into four groups according to their age, grade levels and proficiency in Hindi. The overarching theme is: 'My Virtual Trip to India’, under which students will investigate places, people and culture of some unique destinations in India, such as, the hottest Thar desert of Rajasthan and the coldest Himalayan desert, Ladakh. They will: do varieties of performance activities and tasks in the three modes of communication; explore and understand culturally authentic Indian products, practices, and perspectives; and discuss, deconstruct and debate the new understandings about real life challenges, share their findings with others in a way that promotes engagement. On the final day of the program learners will present their work to an audience of invited guests and community folks.

    Contact(s)
    (732) 318-9891
    aojha2008@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Kansas City Chinese School North (Student Program)

    STARTALK Student Summer Program in Kansas City

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Northland Christian School, Kansas City, MO
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Student Summer Program in Kansas City offers three-week intensive language and culture learning experience to 60 learners from grades 3-8, both true beginners and students with some prior proficiency in Chinese, in greater Kansas City metro area. (Underserved, marginalized and rural population are encouraged specifically to apply and participate.)

    Based on students' language proficiency, the program will be divided into two levels, Level 1 for novice learners, and Level 2 for returning students and heritage learners. Each level is divided into two classes, one for rising 3rd - 5th graders, and one for rising 6th - 8th graders.

    Students will attend six-and-half hours of activities daily consisting of three-hour task-based language learning classes, one-hour cultural seminar and hands-on activities, half-hour morning Chinese exercises, half-hour separate group activity, half-an-hour recess, and a one-hour complimentary lunch, for a total of 91 instructional hours for three weeks.

    By the end of the program, students will reach communicative proficiency, Level 1 up to Novice Mid and Level II up to Novice High or Intermediate Low, exemplifying the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) via our standard-based, student-centered, language-immersed and culturally-enriched curricula.

    Contact(s)
    (816) 686-9638
    lina.dickson@best4future.org
    Program Website

    HEB ISD (Student Program)

    STARTALK-HEB ISD-Made for This

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Hindi

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Shady Brook Elementary School, Bedford, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    HEB ISD’s “STARTALK: MADE FOR THIS” language academy will provide three weeks / 90 hours of student-centered learning and instruction in Arabic, Chinese, and Hindi to rising sixth and seventh graders for novice level, and intermediate level practice for 8th-11th grade students, as well as exposure to all three languages and cultures.

    Projected 120 total enrollment for Arabic, Chinese, and Hindi, comprising 75 novice sixth and seventh graders and 45 intermediate eight graders and up students.

    At the end of this academy, we expect rising sixth and seventh-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 seventh-grade students will continue in the language course in the fall in 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)
    (469) 734-6027
    qingli@hebisd.edu

    YingHua International School (Student Program)

    2020 YHIS-STARTALK CHINESE IMMERSION PROGRAM

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • 2020 YHIS-STARTALK CHINESE IMMERSION STUDENT PROGRAM, KINGTON, NJ
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The YingHua-Startalk Practicum Program for students, will teach Mandarin language and culture to 40 students, in grades 2 to 10th, with diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds and various proficiency levels ranging from beginner level to Intermediate High. Student participants will be engaged in 1-week of pre-program online learning and 3 weeks of face-to-face instruction, with field trip that are standards-aligned, science-oriented, culturally-enriching, and fully-immersed with theme based learning opportunities. Student participants can choose to remain engaged with the vibrant learning community that is YingHua International School through our Full time enrollment, Afternoon Education Programs and/or Summer Camp and like last year, we will implement a carefully planned marketing scheme to give special attention to the underprivileged areas such as Franklin Park, Somerset, NJ, to ensure that students who have not been exposed to Chinese learning, who are outside of the community-based weekend language schools and well funded high school language programs, are able to benefit from the Startalk program. The expertise and experience of Instructors, together with a low student-teacher ratio, will guarantee the high quality of YingHua Startalk Practicum Program since veteran YingHua-Startalk Instructors are committed to be in support of 2020 program and the YHIS program collaborates with a number of STARTALK programs nationwide to share resources to continuously improve our curriculum which was highly applauded by the official STARTALK site visitors. We at YHIS, through our 2019 YHIS Student Program where we provided trainees the venue to practice their learning and after witnessing how beneficial it is to provide STARTALK teachers in training to have enough actual teaching experiences as they put into practice the concepts and theory they learned like STARTALK Principles, World-Readiness Standards, ACTFL Can-Do statements, TELL Project and how to design, write, implement and receive constructive feedback and adjust their teaching style in order to make it a truly effective, we are inspired once again to make it bigger and officially bring this program to the next level because our program is designed to provide utmost real-life teaching and learning life-long experience to both teachers and students participants to believe in the STARTALK mission supported by the NSA.

    Contact(s)
    (609) 375-8015
    MICHELLE.TAN@YHIS.ORG

    YingHua International School (Practicum Teacher Program)

    2020 YHIS-STARTALK CHINESE IMMERSION PRACTICUM PRO

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • 2020 YHIS-STARTALK PRACTICUM PRO, Kingston, NJ
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    YHIS-STARTALK Practicum Program for teachers will provide 8 carefully chosen Teacher participants, an opportunity to enhance their learning while they put into practice the concepts they learn in the classroom. Participants will be assessed on their prior knowledge in line with STARTALK principles, World-Readiness Standard, TELL Project, Backward design, etc and based on their application and pre-program survey, the 1-week online learning and 2 weeks of face-to-face training will be packed with very helpful, practical, effective and intensive learning experiences which can be done in back-to-back sessions of learning and actual implementation. Every 2 participants will be closely monitored and supervised by an experienced Mentor Instructor, allowing for 4 groups, who will help, provide feedback and constructive suggestions but also make sure to give enough space to each participant to grow and explore. This program is designed to follow We Do, You Do Together then You Do concept to get the teacher participants ready to implement their learning into their classrooms wherever they may be teaching. The Post-program meet-ups will give everyone the chance to look-back and reassess what went well, how we can continue to provide assistance in their teaching a Foreign language a success and how to provide instant teaching and assessment sessions while also providing resources and moral support every step of the way.

    Contact(s)
    (609) 375-8015
    michelle.tan@yhis.org

    University of Wisconsin System (Student Program)

    UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Acad

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy is for high school students (from rising ninth graders to recently graduated former twelfth graders) to reach a Novice Mid proficiency in Korean. The program (totaling 100 instructional hours) will target 36 participants who will engage in learning activities focused on real world experiences within the program theme of “My Virtual Trip to South Korea.” During the four-week program, students will virtually “visit” four Korean cities, with language and culture integrated to gain knowledge of Korean traditions, geography, cuisines, and history while working towards gaining proficiency in a learner-center classroom where instruction is 90% or more in the target language. Participants will engage with native speakers of the language when they visit a local Korean market to shop for groceries that will be used in a cooking workshop; they will also order food in a Korean restaurant. Program workshops will allow for interactive learning focused on aspects of Korean culture: martial arts, drumming, and K-Pop dancing.

    Contact(s)
    (608) 265-8768
    outreach@languageinstitute.wisc.edu
    Program Website

    Anchorage School District (Student Program)

    STARTALK'S Alaskan Adventure

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Bartlett High School, Anchorage, AK
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Anchorage School District STARTALK’s Alaskan Adventure summer Chinese language and culture Camp is a two-week, ten-day, morning and afternoon non-residential program held in June 2020 at Bartlett High School. The camp will serve 40 middle school students (grades 6-8) at the Novice-Low proficiency level from Anchorage area schools. 10 high school students with Chinese experience will serve as student tutors. Students receive 63 instructional hours including one extended day family event. This year's theme will have students using compasses for an outdoor orienteering adventure. An after school Chinese program is offered three hours per week for nine weeks into the 2020 school year, during which middle school students who attended camp will be invited to Scenic Park Elementary School to interact with students in the Chinese Immersion program and their teachers. Student outcomes include: increased Chinese language skills, increased knowledge of and appreciation for Chinese culture, and intention to continue Chinese studies through secondary school.

    Contact(s)
    (907) 223-1742
    schmitz_jennifer@asdk12.org

    University of North Texas (Student Program)

    STARTALK 2020: Caravaning Through the Arab World

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Language Building, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK 2020: Caravaning Through the Arab World summer program is an intensive, three-week Arabic immersion learning experience, offering 98 instructional hours of language and cultural exposure to thirty local high school seniors and undergraduate students. Each week, students will “travel” to different parts of the Arab World - first to North Africa, then to the Levant, and finally to the Gulf - stopping at specific countries within each region to examine some of the rich, beautiful traditions therein; for example, students will learn about artistic elements in Morocco, music in Lebanon, food culture in Oman. Upon the successful completion of the STARTALK program, our participants will have achieved a High Novice level of proficiency, which will be determined through many evaluations and performance-based assessments - including oral, written, and listening exercises that demonstrate a strong cultural awareness and functional proficiency.
    All students successfully completing the STARTALK program will earn the academic credit for one full semester of college Arabic (three credits of ARBC 1010 at the University of North Texas).

    Contact(s)
    (940) 565-2404
    Caroline.Najour@unt.edu
    Program Website

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