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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    Kanti Hindi Kendra (Student Program)

    STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Immersion

    Language(s)

    Hindi

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Concord Road Elementary School, Ardsley, NY
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The program will enroll 80 novice and intermediate level heritage language learners (1 to 8 grade) from local early elementary to middle schools. To provide meaningful Hindi language learning experience to its participants, program’s 91 hours instruction will be based on student friendly overarching theme of ‘Let’s Save the Endangered Animals and Their Habitat'. Thematically organized and the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages based curriculum and instruction will facilitate and engage both the first time students to learn and returning students to further grow their Hindi language skills, and cultural understanding. To address and meet the needs of all learners, pre-program informal Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) will be conducted, and based on the outcome, learners will be placed in age and level appropriate classes. The outcome for 80 Hindi language learners at the end of the program will be their ability to demonstrate gains in Hindi language proficiency and cultural competence at higher sub-level in three modes of communication. The program will also provide continued Hindi language and culture learning opportunity to the participants during its 20 week blended post program from September 2020- March 2021.

    Contact(s)
    (914) 962-7076
    sushmak171@gmail.com
    Program Website

    Appalachian State University (Student Program)

    APPSTATE-STARTALK Chinese Summer Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    Appalachian State University (App State), located in Boone, North Carolina, proposes to offer a three-week, residential, intensive student program from July 6 to July 24, 2020. The culturally rich and academically rigorous Chinese program is designed for 18 rising 9th-12th-grade students with limited or no previous exposure to Chinese from the high schools in the High Country of North Carolina. Focusing on the theme of “The High Country Meets the Middle Kingdom,” the program will offer a total of 253 contact hours in structured language learning. Upon the completion of the program, students will reach “Novice Low/Mid” proficiency in all modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational).

    Contact(s)
    (828) 719-9554 ext 99554
    tux@appstate.edu

    City of Boston / Boston Public Schools (Student Program)

    STARTALK Arabic Summer Academy Boston

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Charlestown High School, Charlestown, MA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Arabic Summer Academy is an intensive program that welcomes high school students from around Boston to learn Arabic and explore the cultures of the Arabic-speaking world in an engaging and supportive environment. The program creates a dynamic academic environment where students from a variety of backgrounds can express their full selves, build communicative skills, and develop an ethic of lifelong learning as global citizens. The Arabic Summer Academy is a 15-day (90-hour) non-residential program, and it produces 40 graduates (grades 9-12) who have reached proficiency between the Novice Mid and Novice High levels in Arabic.

    Contact(s)
    (627) 398-7333
    director@arabicsummeracademy.org
    Program Website

    Center for Applied Linguistics (Focus Teacher Program)

    STARTALK Performance Assessment Training Program

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Spanish, Urdu

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK Performance Assessment Training Program at the Center for Applied Linguistics will use a blended online and face-to-face format to train STARTALK educators representing all grade and experience levels and STARTALK languages on the fundamentals of performance-based assessment within the STARTALK context. The program will consist of four online modules, two webinars, and a three-day face-to-face workshop for a total of 38 instructional hours over the course of 5 continuous weeks. We will have two cohorts of 14 participants each beginning in either June or July. Participants who complete the program will develop performance assessment tasks, create and adapt rating rubrics, create feedback plans for sharing results with students, and create a standards- and curriculum-based assessment plan aligned with performance objectives. This focus program is designed to support the STARTALK principle of conducting performance-based assessment and is aligned to TELL criteria in the Performance & Feedback and Planning domains.

    Contact(s)
    (202) 355-1511
    jmorgan@cal.org
    Program Website

    Queens University of Charlotte (Student Program)

    STARTALK: QUC Celebrates Chinese!

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The STARTALK: Queens University of Charlotte Summer Institute in Chinese is a three-week, 90 hour non-residential language immersion program for rising 7th - 12th graders that takes place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM July 13th to July 31st. This federally-funded Chinese language program is offered at no cost to participants, and provides a daily free snack and a low-cost lunch. Student-centered learning of Mandarin Chinese will occur in an immersion setting using a variety of authentic materials and supporting technologies that will prepare students to engage in meaningful intercultural communication centered around our theme of "Holidays and Celebrations." Language proficiency will be augmented by regular Skype sessions with native Chinese speakers and interactive, hands-on cultural activities. 70 students will be admitted to the Chinese language and culture program in a competitive application process that does not require prior knowledge of the language. Students will develop Chinese language proficiency from the Novice to Intermediate levels and may earn college credit (4 hours) upon successful program completion; the program may be repeated at a higher level for 4 additional credits if sufficient progress is made. Our program employs experienced native Chinese speaking teachers and Chinese culture assistants who currently live and work in the Charlotte area. All of our teachers have been part of our Chinese language program for many years.
    Participants who need to stay later than 3:00 PM end time may take advantage of our free late pick-up supervised by program staff.

    Contact(s)
    (704) 688-2836
    debelle@queens.edu
    Program Website

    University of Wyoming (Student Program)

    Wyoming STARTALK Arabic Camp: Arabian Nights

    Language(s)

    Arabic

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The Wyoming STARTALK Arabic Camp for 2020 will enthrall Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain front range high school and junior college students with visions and experiences of Arabian Nights. The same kind of intrigue and mystique surrounding the popular tales will take on a modern spin by whisking students through contemporary experiences of evening and night activities in various countries in the Middle East around which are structured valuable language learning experiences rich with culture and anecdotal information that will necessarily reinforce language acquisition over the course of three weeks for a total of 162 contact instructional hours. We will provide opportunities for 24 students to explore the rich culture of the Middle East as experienced through cultural engagements by equipping these students with the necessary vocabulary and conversational skills to navigate successfully through various simulations recreating cultural experiences. Students will reach the Novice-Mid level of proficiency.

    Contact(s)
    (307) 766-3019
    ShawnB@uwyo.edu

    Fairfax County Public Schools (Student Program)

    The Fairfax Academy STARTALK Program

    Language(s)

    Korean

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The Fairfax Academy STARTALK Program at Fairfax High School will offer four summer classes in Korean (two level 1, one level 2, and one level 3) to 60 high school students in Virginia and will provide them with 114 hours of face-to-face instruction over four weeks from July 6th, 2020 to July 30th, 2020. Sixty high school students will graduate from the program with a proficiency level of Novice-Mid to Intermediate-Low and with an increased understanding of the Korean culture and region. The program also aims to recruit students to continue their language learning at Fairfax Academy during the school year. In addition, students will learn about career opportunities requiring proficiency in critical languages and where they can pursue these studies in higher education institutions through various scholarships. Finally, the program will encourage ongoing dialogue and awareness on Korean language and culture among students during the academic year.

    Contact(s)
    (703) 219-2226
    SKJohnston@fcps.edu
    Program Website

    Howard Community College (Student Program)

    STARTALK Intensive Language Learning Experience

    Language(s)

    Arabic, Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • Howard Community College Duncan Hall Building, Columbia, MD
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The HCC STARTALK program provides 60 high school students the chance to study the critical languages Arabic or Chinese from June 29, 2020 to July 30, 2020, or a total of 110 contact hours. The STARTALK curriculum is based on the STARTALK Principles for effecting teaching and learning with students' progress regularly assessed using the NCSSFL-ACTFL World-readiness standards and Can-do proficiency statements. Students can study to earn four college-credits in Arabic 101/102 or Chinese 101/102 levels or they can choose to complete the language-intensive program as auditors. Furthermore, students engage with members of the local multilingual community and experts in the Chinese and Arabic language during weekly program events on and off campus.

    New STARTALK students enrolling in the 102 level are expected to have an incoming proficiency of at least novice-mid in Arabic or Chinese. Returning STARTALK students will be offered Arabic and Chinese classes at the next level in order to ensure continuity of their language studies. Students are expected to exit the program at the novice-mid to novice-high/intermediate-low levels of proficiency in speaking, writing, reading.

    Graduates of the STARTALK at HCC summer program are in a position to register for Intermediate dual enrollment courses at Howard Community college, apply for summer internship opportunities at NSA, apply for critical language scholarships available to students in Maryland and pursue college majors and/or study abroad opportunities in critical languages.

    Contact(s)
    (443) 518-1540
    jdumont@howardcc.edu
    Program Website

    West County Mandarin School (Student Program)

    East Bay STARTALK Early Learning Mandarin Program

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • West County Mandarin School, Richmond, CA
    Program Setting

    Non-residential

    Summary

    The East Bay STARTALK Early Learning Mandarin (EBSELM) Program aims to support the introduction and retention of Chinese language and cultural knowledge for approximately 70 new and currently enrolled students of West County Mandarin School in five classrooms at the K, K/1 combo, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade levels. EBSELM will have an enrollment target that at least 50% of program enrollment will be students that qualify for free or reduced price lunch (the majority of students that qualify are also primarily non-heritage speakers of Hispanic descent). During this two week/65 hour program, students will engage in project-based and transdisciplinary learning experiences based on modified STARTALK Model Curricula (Let’s Meet Some Animals) and Sample Curricula (STARTALK STEM-Integrated Chinese Learning Program) designed for students primarily at the novice level of Mandarin language development. The program will be based on the best practices and foundational resources that underlay the STARTALK Program including the STARTALK Principles for Teaching and Learning, the TELL Framework, the World Readiness Standards for Language Learning and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements. The program curricula also will align with the academic content, language, and academic standards that students will be learning during the following school year enabling the students in the program to have an academic and linguistic “boost” in their readiness for learning the target language and academic content more in depth during the coming school year.

    Contact(s)
    (510) 307-4523
    westcountymandarin@wccusd.net
    Program Website

    University of Hawaii (Demonstration Teacher Program)

    University of Hawaii Teacher Summer Institute

    Language(s)

    Chinese

    Date(s)

    To Be Determined

    Location(s)
    • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
    Program Setting

    Residential

    Summary

    The 2020 Hawai‘i Chinese Teacher Training Institute will recruit 12 pre- or in-service Chinese teachers from across the U.S., for an 13-instructional day (91 hour) program led by a nationally known team of trainers. The Institute will also recruit 12 local beginning students, ages 14 to 17, who will learn Chinese language and culture through experiences designed by teams of the trainers and trainees. Teacher trainees will be able to experience hands-on implementation of new techniques, assess the impact of their teaching on student learning, and gain new insight into how students learn. By the end of the Institute, participating teachers will be 1) comfortably familiar with the World Readiness Standards and STARTALK's principles, 2) know how to implement these standards and principles in the classroom, 3) be comfortable with designing and implementing lesson plans that support the standards and principles, and 4) be able to self-assess teaching and make adjustments as necessary, using a growing arsenal of instructional tools and techniques.

    Contact(s)
    (808) 956-2663
    jialin@hawaii.edu
    Program Website

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