University of Iowa ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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STARTALK 2017 in comparisons to our previous programs, will put greater emphasis on the use of mobile technology in education. Our outcomes will be: (1) the creation of innovative learning materials based on contemporary methodology, such as serial lectures for students of Russian based 21st Century curriculum topics; (2) use of technological tools and mobile devices, such as iPads and tablets, in a learner-centered classroom and for distance learning; (3) the creation of technology-mediated Learning Objects to be added to our virtual library of Learning Objects. We plan to accept 16 participants who are teachers of Russian at K-16 level this year with 120 instructional hours. The duration of program will be 5 weeks.

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University of Wisconsin System ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The UW-Madison STARTALK Korean Language & Culture Academy will offer high school participants in-depth exploration of Korean language, and popular and traditional culture in Korea, in a 5-week, half-day, non-residential program. The program will be led by an experienced team of faculty and instructors from the UW-Madison Korean Language Program in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, with the assistance and participation of UW-Madison undergraduate students of Korean who will serve as program assistants, guests from the community who will lead interactive workshops on cultural topics, and K-buddy peers in Korea. The UW-Madison Language Institute will offer expertise in program design as well as administrative support.

Target participants will be 20 high school students with no or minimal proficiency in Korean.

Working within the program theme of “From Wisconsin to Korea,” and with Novice Mid proficiency goals in mind, participants will explore themes of Let’s Get Acquainted, Daily Schedules, In Restaurants and Around Town, and Traditions Here and There. Based on a backward-design approach to lesson planning and curriculum development using the STARTALK curriculum template, daily learning plans will work towards goals based on real-life usage of Korean that incorporate exploration of cultural practices, products and perspectives as well as language proficiency.

Korean language and culture lessons taught by experienced teachers of Korean will be supplemented by interactive workshops in rich dimensions of Korean culture, such as martial arts, dance, cuisine, and popular culture, led by members of the campus and local communities. The exploration of these cultural products and practices, and the perspectives that underlie them, will be integrated with language learning. To further enable language use both within and outside of the classroom and with diverse communities, students will also meet via videoconference with K-buddy peers in Korea, to share information about themselves and to gain perspective on teen life in Korea. Undergraduate students of Korean will serve as mentors and program assistants, providing models of developing language learners for STARTALK program participants.

The students’ developing knowledge and abilities will be assessed using performance-based measures based on real-life scenarios. In these assessments, participants will demonstrate their functional abilities in using Korean and employ their understanding of targeted Korean cultural practices, products and perspectives. Unit-level performance assessments will, for example, ask participants to view a video on a Korean holiday, describe the holiday to a classmate, and then create a greeting card for a holiday. Students will set goals, and document and reflect on their progress, through an online portfolio (LinguaFolio). A final video project will provide the opportunity for students to synthesize what they learned in the program.

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YINGHUA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The YHIS-STARTALK program will be offering Teachers Training non-residential Summer program at no-cost to the participants.

The YHIS-STARTALK Teacher Chinese Immersion Program offers a 2-week intensive professional development workshop for either experienced or Pre-service and novice teachers. This program has 2 tracks:
June 26 to July 7 for Experienced Teachers
July 3 to July 14 for Pre-service and Novice Teachers
The main goal is to equipped the participants with tools in order to teach the Chinese language, culture effectively in American classrooms through a combination of interactive sessions and hands-on teaching experience. The program covers topics such as K-12 foreign language teaching standards, course and lesson plan design, student centered lessons, Can-Do statements, communication strategies and more leading to building life-long learners.

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YINGHUA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ()

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Date(s)
  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The YHIS-STARTALK Chinese Immersion Student program is a 3-week, non-residential Intensive summer program for 30 rising 3rd to 8th grade students, with diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and linguistic background and Mandarin Chinese proficiency levels ranging from Novice Low to Intermediate mid. Through our partnership with local farms and markets, students will be learning language, content and culture in authentic contexts, arranged in science-oriented, culturally-enriching themes.

The YHIS Startalk program will start with three (June 26 to July 14) 35-hour weeks of intensive, full immersion learning, and will extend into the school year with multiple opportunities for learners to continue and retain their learning, taking full advantage of technology as well as the vibrant learning community that is YingHua International School. With the indispensable support of the Startalk funding, attention will be centered around students in late elementary grades through middle school, an otherwise overlooked range of age of language learners, who are between community-based weekend language schools and well-funded high school language programs. Strong pedagogical leadership will ensure the quality of the program design, and the expertise and experience of teachers, together with a low student-teacher ratio, will ensure the quality of instruction.

Student participants will be group according to their Chinese language proficiency. Student outcomes include: increased Chinese language skills, increased knowledge of and appreciation for Chinese culture, while incorporating science into Chinese learning.

For more information, please contact Michelle Tan at camp@yhis.org
Phone: 609-375-8015.

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Kanti Hindi Kendra, LLC ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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STARTALK/Kanti Hindi Kendra will offer three week of 'Hindi Language and Culture Immersion' summer program to 74 elementary and middle school students from June 26 to July 14, 2017. The program will provide 92 hours of standards driven and learner-centered Hindi language learning experience to novice and intermediate range heritage learners. Participants will have the opportunity to develop language skills, native art (drama, visual arts and music) and cultural competence by exploring program's theme 'Me and My World- Celebrating the Diversity'. Theme based games, competitions, multi-media projects and hands-on native visual and performing arts projects such as 'Traditional Art Forms'; 'Fair and Festivity' will further provide learning experiences to all language learners with varied needs to engage in meaningful communication, create and present collaborative products for peer assessment and self reflection. The outcome for our learners will be their ability to demonstrate gains in Hindi language proficiency in three modes of communication at higher sub-level. During our post program phase (September 2017 to February 2018) the participants will have the opportunity to continue to stay engaged in Hindi language and culture learning and further advance their Hindi language proficiency and cultural perspective.

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University of Washington ()

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Date(s)
  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The STARTALK Teacher Program, “Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century,” will prepare 10 native (or near native) speakers of Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, or Russian to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in students learning these languages and on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into language instruction. The program is designed to teach participants the STARTALK principles and standards-based language teaching and curriculum development, as well as the content knowledge needed to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) for World Languages. Teachers will be able to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement for teaching these languages in Washington K-12 public schools. The program also provides scholarship assistance to complete the required assessments (WEST-E and ACTFL OPIc and WPT). In 2017, the 75-hour program will offer six UW credits of EDC&I 495 from the University of Washington College of Education and will run from June 19, 2017 through July 21, 2017 with both online and in-person components.

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Chicago Board of Education ()

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Date(s)
  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The proposed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) STARTALK program will provide a rich, hands-on, language immersion program in Arabic and Chinese to 30 high school students (9th-11th grade) who have already completed one to two years of Arabic instruction or two to three years of Chinese instruction. The program will be housed at the University of Chicago (UChicago) campus and classes will be conducted by U of C instructors. The program is intended to give students an opportunity to practice and improve their language skills through real-life applications and varied authentic experiences in alignment with STARTALK principles. Participants will attend classes Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, starting June 26 and ending July 21, 2017 with a total of 95 hours of instruction.

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Huayuan Chinese Academy, Inc. ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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Huayuan Chinese Academy’s “STARTALK STEM-Integrated Chinese Learning Program” will immerse 45 rising 2nd through 5th graders in a Chinese language and culture environment for a total of 91 instructional hours over 3 weeks, June 26-July 14, 2017, 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 program's end, 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.

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District of Columbia Public Schools ()

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  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The programs will serve 125 English Language Learners in grades 6-8 in a 5 week program beginning June 26 and ending July 28, 2017. Students will receive 96 hours of instruction and will earn .5 credits in Chinese Language and Culture through a series of enriching activities that only the nation’s capital can offer. Students will learn to speak Chinese as they sip tea at the Embassy of China, take a walking tour of Chinatown, witness martial arts exhibits at the Chinese Cultural Center and appreciate art at the National Museums of Asian Art. They will release their paper lanterns at the culmination of the program where they will celebrate the Chinese New Year!

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Ohio University ()

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Date(s)
  • December 31, 1969 – December 31, 1969: ()
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The Swahili STARTALK is a one-month (June 26-July 26) intensive language program targeting 20 participants to receive a total of 92 hours of Swahili instruction by attending four hours per day, Mondays to Thursdays, and five hours on Fridays for 22 days. The participants, who will enroll in the elementary and intermediate classes, will be drawn from Ohio University undergraduate students, students from other four-year institutions in Ohio, as well as high school students from schools within the vicinity of Ohio University. At the end of the program, students will earn four semester hours of college credit, and students in the Elementary class will be able to perform at the Novice Mid proficiency level, while students in the Intermediate class will be able to perform at the Novice High/Intermediate Low levels according to the NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks. The program will integrate culture, content, and language and will lead students on a journey to East Africa.

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