AKEEP [Alabama Korea Education & Economic Partnership] (Student)
AKEEP-STARTALK: Catch the K-Wave!
- July 8, 2019 – July 26, 2019: (Face-to-face)
- Pike Road Middle School, Pike Road, AL
AKEEP STARTALK: “Catch the K-Wave!” is a 3-week (15 days) from 8:20 am to 3 pm non-residential program provided by the Alabama-Korea Education & Economic Partnership (AKEEP) to teach Korean language and culture to thirty-three (33), diverse learners, both heritage and non-heritage rising 6th – 8th graders. An application and in-person interview process will group students based on their language acquisition and proficiency level so that we can target their performance levels from Novice Low to High of the ACTFL language levels upon completion of the program. 102 instructional hours including 2-hour graduation ceremony and reception with 90% target language immersion will maximize a student’s performance and better assess the program’s outcomes through our 3-tiered proficiency levels and 4 specific language modes for teaching, learning, and a project platform.
They will compare and relate to youth cultures in Korea vs America and learn authentic language using popular K-pop and K-drama in our theme, Catch the K-Wave with teen series. Finally, they will perform practical presentational skills like arts, dance, drama, and skits using the middle schoolers’ interpretive culture, currently popular K-pop songs and K-dramas, to communicate with their friends and family in the Korean language and culturally appropriate manner.