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    Providence Day School (Student)

    Student Life in Charlotte and Shanghai

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12, Undergraduate

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – July 26, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The PDS STARTALK Student Program is a grant-funded (free to participants) ​face-to-face, non-residential 3-week, Chinese language program for rising 6th graders through rising college freshman in the greater Charlotte, N.C. area. The program theme, "Student Life in Charlotte and Shanghai" will allow students to interact with their peers and teachers in a variety of familiar ways related to topics that are relevant to their day-to-day lives. Within this theme, students will explore and variety of aspects of school life in Shanghai for students their age, and will be able to reflect on their own experience here in Charlotte. In addition to classroom experiences, the program will include a field trip in which students will be able to apply their new knowledge in multiple settings, experiencing Chinese culture right in their own backyards! On the final day, there will be a shared celebration of student learning where students will show off all of their new language and cultural knowledge to their parents, siblings and friends!

    Contact(s)
    (704) 266-0886
    pds.startalk@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Providence Day School (Teacher)

    PDS STARTALK Chinese Teacher Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 13, 2019 – June 21, 2019
    Location(s)
    • Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Providence Day School (PDS) Chinese Teacher Program is a face-to-face non-residential 70 hour intensive teacher training program. It is designed as a comprehensive introduction to current research-backed practices in Chinese language teaching and Second Language Acquisition (including the STARTALK-Endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning) through practical, hands-on learning experiences. Teacher participants will learn from a team of experienced world language teachers and teacher-trainers as well as work collaboratively with peers to experience, interpret, discuss and apply best practices in world language instruction. They will participate in a variety of activities designed to equip them with new tools to deliver more effective student-centered lessons in their classrooms. ​As their final product in the teacher training program, each teacher will create a collection of culturally-rich, student-centered lesson plans and accompanying materials to take back to their yearlong classrooms.

    Contact(s)
    (704) 266-0886
    pds.startalk@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Forest Hills High School (Student)

    Forest Hills STARTALK Summer Hindi Program

    Language(s)

    Hindi

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – August 2, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Forest Hills High School, Forest Hills, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    Forest Hills STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program is a four-week program for heritage, non-heritage and native middle school and high school students. This program is designed to engage students in the rich Hindi language and culture through the STARTALK endorsed principles. Students will virtually visit India, celebrate festivals, explore the impact on the environment, and find optional possible ways to celebrate festivals. 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: Travel, Festivals, and Environment.” Students will produce real-life situations and experiences in India while bringing culture, content, communities, and comparisons through communications (Using Five Cs). Aligned with the theme of the program students will Skype with members of the local Indian heritage community of middle and high school students in India and quantify their learning by investigating and interrogating students in India. This program will recruit and select 45 students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including students returning from the previous STARTALK programs. Students will earn credits for Hindi as a foreign language. This four weeks program will be offered Monday –Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from July 8, 2019, to August 2, 2019

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

    Fayette County Public Schools (Student)

    FCPS STARTALK Chinese Summer Program 2019

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    K-2, 3-5, 6-8

    Date(s)
    • June 17, 2019 – June 28, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Tates Creek Middle School, Lexington, KY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fayette County Public School District’s 2019 STARTALK Chinese Summer Program will provide 55 instructional hours via a 2-week summer program for 110 district students (rising grades 1 – 6) who are currently studying Chinese language in district schools as well as native/heritage speakers in those grades and 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 and experience with Chinese culture; and 3) student experiences will provide valuable PR and help retain students as they move on to middle school language studies while also building interest among other students to participate in school-year Chinese classes and future STARTALK programs. The 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 an expanded 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 Pittsburgh (Student)

    Pitt STARTALK: We're Off to Russia!

    Language(s)

    Russian

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 17, 2019 – July 12, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Pitt STARTALK “We're Off to Russia!” is an intensive four-week-long Russian summer school for high school students that is administered by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and will take place on June 17 through July 12, 2019 on Pitt campus. 20 students from five partnering high schools that offer academic year Russian language programs (Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Penn Trafford High School, Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, Pritzker College Prep, and Noble Academy) along with students from other U.S. high schools will participate in this Russian language and culture program. The curriculum that is based on the theme “We’re Off to Russia!” will prepare participants for a study-abroad program in Russia. Besides performance-based instructions that target the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Russian, high school students will also have a chance to explore Russian culture around Pittsburgh, by visiting a Russian church, buying groceries in a Russian store, cooking Russian cuisine, learning Russian songs and poems, participating in Russian art and craft workshops, and meeting with the members of the local Russian community.

    Contact(s)
    (412) 648-7407
    crees@pitt.edu
    Program Website

    West Windsor Plainsboro School District (Student)

    Hindi Urdu Immersion Program Grades (3-5)

    Language(s)

    Hindi, Urdu

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5

    Date(s)
    • July 8, 2019 – July 26, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District., West Windsor, NJ
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Hindi and Urdu Program Immersion Program will run from July 8 till July 26, 2019. The
    program will enroll 50 students for Hindi and Urdu language, 25 for Hindi and 25 for the Urdu language whose
    proficiency will vary from Novice to Intermediate. The instructional hours will be from 9.00 am to 3.00pm
    for three weeks onsite. A post-program component in terms of onsite classes for Hindi and Urdu languages in the school district will be provided for our students. The theme of the program is " Let's Go Somewhere". 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 Intermediate range in accordance with the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for k-12 students(1999).

    Contact(s)
    (609) 712-1241
    purimamta12@gmail.com

    University of Virginia (Student)

    Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    9-12

    Date(s)
    • July 5, 2019 – July 18, 2019
    Location(s)
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The 2019 VSCSA program at the University of Virginia aims to provide a linguistically and culturally enriched online learning environment for 24 high school students who are rising 9th-12th graders in the Commonwealth of Virginia and other regions in the US. Students will embark on a 12-day virtual journey in Beijing from July 5 to July 18 in 2019 that concurs with the major time frame of the VSCTA teacher program. Upon the completion of the program, the learners will develop a positive “Can-Do” attitude and attain proficiency at the intermediate-low level according to ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines. Curricular requirements and lesson plans will be effectively implemented in alignment with the can-do statements across the three communicative modes specified in the online LinguiaFolio. The total instructional hours are 45 hours, including time committed to online orientation and synchronous and asynchronous online learning. The program features quality online learning that is made possible by research-endorsed best practices in language pedagogy and cutting-edge technology platform and tools. Learners have ample opportunities to engage in active learning that is intended to be fun, engaging, and motivating. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $25 gift certificate and a Certificate of Excellence in Learning. Please visit the program website at http://startalkuva.as.virginia.edu/ to gather further information and complete online application. The application deadline is April 22, 2019.

    Contact(s)
    (434) 882-5168
    mt3z@virginia.edu
    Program Website

    University of Virginia (Teacher)

    Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)
    • June 17, 2019 – July 18, 2019
    Location(s)
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The 2-week residential teacher training program, preceded by 2-week pre-program online training and followed by 1-week offsite practicum, aims to train 12 teachers to learn to teach Mandarin Chinese to 9-12 graders online. Trainees will earn up to five graduate credits in "Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language" that offers 126 instructional hours. The integration of both theory and practice will be delivered through a blended instructional model before, during, and after the program. The program ensures quality instruction and guides trainees to achieve three goals: 1) to effectively implement world-readiness standards in thematic and curricular design and STARTALK endorsed principles for effective ONLINE teaching, 2) to strengthen their observation and practicum experience in ONLINE teaching, and 3) to further their pursuit of teaching certification for career advancement in teaching Mandarin Chinese through different modalities. The capstone in the development of trainees’ competence will be the completion of an Eportfolio that documents UVA STARTALK Fellows’ extensive learning experiences in launching or advancing their careers in teaching Mandarin Chinese courses. UVA STARTALK Fellows will enjoy free lodging and food at the hometown of the 3rd US president, Thomas Jefferson and receive travel reimbursement up to $600 upon the completion of the program. Please visit the program website at http://startalkuva.as.virginia.edu/ to gather further information and complete online application. The application is based on rolling admission, and spots will be filled up soon.

    Contact(s)
    (434) 882-5168
    mt3z@virginia.edu
    Program Website

    Global Language Project (Student)

    Let's Go to Chinatown/All About Me

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    6-8

    Date(s)
    • July 10, 2019 – July 26, 2019
    Location(s)
    • Graham Windham Manhattanville, New York, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Student Program component of the 2019 GLP STARTALK Combination Program will be a thirteen day student program run as a strand within a successful existing summer camp, Graham Windham Manhattanville, for 40 to 45 inner city students in 6th to 8th grade. The student program will follow the themes 'Let's Go to Chinatown!' and 'All About Me,' and provide a novice level entry point into the acquisition of Chinese focused on personal identity and planning a trip to Chinatown. The 30 hours of instructional activities will be focused on achievable novice mid to novice high goals for elementary and middle school students, with the culminating objective being a visit to Chinatown where students will interact with native speakers. This student program will be run concurrently with Global Language Project’s teacher program. Under the guidance of lead instructors, camp staff will implement a program that incorporates STARTALK best practices for the benefit of the campers and for the teacher program participants who will be teaching in the camp during the last week of the program.

    Contact(s)
    (646) 657-8075 ext 2
    eshovers@glpny.org

    Bangor Chinese School (Student)

    STARTALK: The Future Speaks Chinese

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Grade Level(s)

    3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Date(s)
    • June 24, 2019 – July 12, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    Location(s)
    • Husson University Bangor Campus, Bangor, ME
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The Silk Road will be the theme of our 2019 three-week, 120 hours student program for forty-two (42) grades 4-12 learners in northern New England with learners' proficiency from novice-low to intermediate-high at Husson University, Bangor, Maine. For the summer 2019, the Bangor Chinese School will continue to provide both new and tested teaching strategies and student learning experiences. Students will gain the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in a learning environment featuring language "immersion". BCS now offers to provide a year-eleven of instruction and learning experience in which students will take part in standards-based, student-centered language and culture immersion, thematic organized learning with target language and advanced educational technology. The goal of the learning process is to move each student’s proficiency levels up by the end of the program. It is also the intention of BCS to expand learning experiences for students outside the classroom, including opportunities for students to communicate with Chinese counterparts/friends through the Internet, including, Skype and WeChat which has been done very successfully in the past years. All master teachers of student program are required to participate in the BCS’s STARTALK teacher program to ensure the teaching quality of the program. It is hoped that following the program the participants and their families will be motivated to continue pursuing on-going language-speaking and cultural opportunities to enrich their own knowledge, and promote the ancient and rich Chinese heritage, allowing better understanding and effective diplomacy with that area of the world, be prepared to be able to compete for global jobs, manage multicultural colleagues and collaborate on global teams. Simply stated, if we are to face the challenges of the future with confidence, we must start now, using ACTFL standards and STARTALK principles, in building a cadre of young Americans who comprehend, speak and read this lovely, ancient and "critical" world language.

    Contact(s)
    (207) 990-0710
    jingzhang@bangorchinese.com
    Program Website

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