Queens University of Charlotte is offering middle and high school students a chance to learn Arabic or Mandarin Chinese this summer, at no charge.
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The program is for rising 7th graders through those starting college in the fall of 2019. The program and runs for three weeks, from July 22nd through August 19th, 2019.
It takes place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Late pick up available until 4 p.m.
The program is grant-funded, so there’s no charge at all, and it even includes a snack each day. Students can buy a reduced-fee cafeteria lunch or can bring their own.
Students who complete the program can earn four college credits at Queens University that can be transferred to other universities. No high school credit is offered.
The rigorous program has a history of yielding impressive results as students are immersed in the language through hands-on cultural activities and personalized Skype conversations with native speaking tutors abroad.
My son attended the Arabic program at Queens two years ago and it was very well run. He took three semesters of Arabic at UNC and his interest was sparked by his experience in the program in high school. Besides learning the language they learned through art, music, and, especially, food! A side benefit for parents is that they might bring home food that they make.
They also take a field trip in the community where they will order in Chinese or Arabic at a restaurant and go shopping at a Chinese or an Arabic-language market. There is a performance at the end of the session that parents can attend. I highly recommend this program.
Applications will be accepted until an adequate pool is received. They recommend submitting your application by April 1st, 2019, to be evaluated in this pool. If spaces remain or become available after this time, additional selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.
To apply, you will need:
- Email address of a teacher reference. Without the correct email address, the teacher will not receive the reference request and your application will be incomplete.
- Speaking sample if you have any experience studying the language you are applying to. The sample may be submitted as an audio or video file or a link.
- Short answer responses.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A little more about the program:
This summer program is offered through STARTALK, a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with in-person and online programs for students (K-16) and teachers at institutions across the US.