StarTalk

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About STARTALK

STARTALK is a federally funded intensive language program that promotes the teaching and learning of critical languages in the US. More information on STARTALK, critical languages, and STARTALK teaching principles, can be found at startalk.umd.edu/public.

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Program Overview

The STARTALK Program at Appalachian State University is a three-week, online program (90 total instructional hours) that offers Chinese language instruction at the novice level. The highly structured theme- and task-based program focuses on the theme "The High Country Meets the Middle Kingdom. A wide variety of thematic units is then developed around this organizing concept for students to perform basic functions and tasks in real-life scenarios. Students will also participate in a series of cultural workshops (such as guest lectures on aspects of Chinese culture, Chinese calligraphy, painting, paper cutting/crafts, singing, film viewing, etc.). We hope that through this summer program, students will see the value and fun of learning and exploring Chinese language and culture and eventually become life-long learners of Chinese.
With the support of a federal grant, all program activities, including tuition and learning materials, are free of charge to the students. The selection criteria will be based on academic performance, a letter of recommendation from a teacher/instructor/counselor and interest in pursuing Chinese after the completion of the program. Students will be placed in 4 classes based on grade levels. Full participation in the three-week program is required. No partial attendance is accepted.startalk1

Program Dates

  • The application is open now and will stay open until all spaces are filled.
  • Admission is on a rolling basis. Space is limited to 18 students.
  • Program Dates: July 12 - July 30, 2021.

Eligible Participants

Rising 9th-12th-grade students with limited or no previous exposure to Chinese are eligible for participation in the program. Preferences will be given to students from the high schools in the High Country of North Carolina.

How to Apply

The application includes two components:

(A) Completing the online Application Form (embed link below), including a statement of interest (200-250 words) explaining why you would like to participate in the program.

(B) Asking your teacher/instructor/counselor to provide a Letter of Recommendation

Contact Us

For further information please contact Dr. Xiaofei Tu:
Tel: 828-262-6649
E-Mail: tux@appstate.edu

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FAQs

WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
The 2021 program will be run as an online program. We are confident that we can offer an intensive learning experience for our students with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous components and a low student-to-staff ratio.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF THE PROGRAM?
With the support of a federal grant, all tuition and learning materials are free of charge for the students.

COURSE MATERIALS
Course materials and supplies will be shipped to students prior to the start of the program. Supplementary course materials will be provided to students digitally via the course platform, AsULearn.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
Rising 9th-12th-grade students with limited or no previous exposure to Chinese are eligible for participation in the program. Preferences will be given to students from the high schools in the High Country of North Carolina.

WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS EXPECT TO LEARN IN THE PROGRAM?
The program is themed “The High Country Meets the Middle Kingdom.” It aims to give students an authentic insight into modern-day China by embarking on a virtual journey to Beijing. Students will explore many aspects of the Chinese culture by visiting a local family and a high school, dining at a Peking Duck restaurant, and shopping at the Silk Market. Students will also visit local sites of historic and cultural significance, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

IS THERE A WAIT LIST?
We will have a waiting list and notify the students on the list in case vacancies become available.

WILL I GET ASU CREDIT?
Whether or not you get credit or placement for your course work with the program depends on your school. The program itself does not offer credit for its courses, but your school may decide to do so based upon its own criteria. The program can provide unofficial documentation, upon request, of successful completion of the program. In any case, the program will be a great experience and will look great on your future college applications!