Watch Matt Coss' Language and Content Through Culture: Making the Match

Are you interested in hands-on cultural activities full of target language use in your classroom? Would you like to have your students doing things in the language instead of just passively observing? Watch Matt Coss' 2017 Fall Conference presentation, "Language and Content Through Culture: Making the Match for a short TL demo lesson followed by activities designed to help you better connect culture, content, and language across proficiency levels in your STARTALK classroom and beyond!

SUNY ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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From July 31 to August 18, fifty students in grades 6-12 will learn Chinese language through hands-on Beijing Opera experiential learning from 8:30 am to 4 pm daily Monday-Friday, for a total of 112.5 hours of instruction. Four types of classes—one beginner (new non-heritage, divided into two sessions), one novice-mid (return non-heritage), one intermediate (new heritage), and one advanced (return heritage)––will be offered, along with other hands-on cultural activities, such as costume-making, prop-making, lantern-making, shadow puppet-making, calligraphy and painting, food preparation and tasting, bookbinding, and more. The language instruction, Beijing Opera learning and the other cultural activities will take place in a truly integrated fashion. The program will culminate in a performance of the Beijing Opera excerpt Monkey King Battling in Heaven, which will integrate all aspects of the program and give the students a chance to show what they will have learned over the 3-week program.

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KEAN UNIVERSITY ()

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Environmental Challenges and Public Health in India and Pakistan serves as the theme for Kean’s 2017 Building Competency in Hindi and Urdu through Global Project-Based Learning Program designed for secondary/early post-secondary heritage language learners. Specifically, the theme focuses on the integration of language, culture and content related to perspectives and practices concerning health and wellness and their relationship to environmental conditions in India and Pakistan. Program outcomes include development of higher levels of linguistic, intercultural and global competencies through daily interactions with students from partner schools in India and Pakistan focused on gaining knowledge about and taking action on these local/global issues. The program will enroll 20 Hindi and 15 Urdu students in a three-week standards-driven blended learning experience and offers opportunities to earn high school and/or college credits.

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Mercy College ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The STARTALK Korean Language Program at Mercy College, “STARTALK: A Student Life in Seoul,” will advance students’ Korean language competency to novice-mid level. We will recruit and select 30 students from grades 6-8 with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Through both virtual and face-to-face teaching and learning experiences, the students will explore Korean family life, school life, and cultural activities. The students will have opportunities to create digital stories to present their learning outcomes in the STARTALK program. Aligned to the World-Readiness Standards, the program will be offered Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 31 to August 18, 2017, for a total of 90 hours of instructional time.

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Fargo Public Schools ()

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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, music, and Chinese ink painting. The theme "The Silk Road: Journey through China" will provide ample opportunities for communication about animals, action verbs, travel and preferred activities; learning about the cultures of the Chinese traditions, music and martial arts; connecting to art and history. 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.

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Queens University of Charlotte ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The STARTALK: Queens University of Charlotte Summer Institute in Chinese and Arabic is a three-week, 95 hour non-residential language immersion program for rising 7th graders through recently graduated 12th graders that takes place from 9:00AM to 3:00PM July 24th to August 11th with lunch and snack provided. Student-centered learning will occur in an immersion setting using a variety of authentic materials and supporting technologies that will prepare students to engage in culturally significant communicative activities centered around daily one-on-one video chats with conversation coaches abroad as our theme "Global Connections: Treasures of the Silk Road” becomes a reality. Learning experiences will help students develop linguistic and cultural competence from the Novice to Intermediate levels and the skills and motivation needed to become lifelong language learners eager to engage in intercultural dialogue. 55 students will be admitted to the Chinese program in a competitive application process that does not require prior knowledge of the language. Undergraduate credit (4 hours) is granted upon program completion. Our 2017 application can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/st17queens

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San Mateo Foster City School District ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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This program will offer 60 elementary students and exciting and fun science-oriented summer immersion three-week experience. It is open to K-5 students in San Mateo County, California. Students will be divided into three classes of 20 students based on their grade levels (K-1, 2-3, 4-5). At the end of the program, students will be able to communicate with each other, their family, and members of the community, in Chinese. In addition to engaging in hands-on fun science activities related to the exploration of DNA and genetics, field trips will give the students the opportunity to visit a real science laboratory at Stanford University and to meet with other scientists, and all the students will be able to bring home with them a sample of DNA that they isolated themselves from strawberries as well as a life-long love of and interest in science.

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