STARTALK is a free language immersion summer camp that is designed to teach foreign languages to students. It’s being held at Providence Day School. (We’ve written before about the program at Queens University of Charlotte.) Students are invited to apply to this summer program.
You’ll find the application here. A teacher recommendation will be required.
Read on for all the details…
Dates and Times
July 9, 2018 – July 27, 2018
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
(Drop Off: 8:30-8:55 AM/Pick Up: 3:05-3:30 PM)
Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Rd. Charlotte, NC 28270
Eligibility & Credit
This program is open to all students entering into 6th through 13th grades (first year in college) in the fall of 2018. Students should have less than 2 years of experience learning Chinese (Mandarin)–this includes both students who might have studied Chinese in formal contexts (school, including weekend Chinese schools and previous STARTALK Chinese programs) or in informal contexts (at home, traveling, etc.). Students may have experience studying other foreign languages. No academic language credit will be awarded to students participating in this program.
Participation in the program is free to all student participants. All participants are responsible for their own transportation and meals, though snack will be provided daily. As this is a non-residential program, housing will not be provided to participants.
The recommendation form must be completed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by a teacher who has taught the student applicant in the 2017-2018 school year. The student application will not be considered complete until the teacher recommendation has been received.
The PDS STARTALK WeChat: Chinese High School Edition is a grant-funded (free to participants) face-to-face, non-residential 3-week, 90 contact hour Chinese language program for rising 6th graders through rising college freshman in the greater Charlotte, N.C. area. Applying students should have a background of less than 2 years studying Mandarin Chinese in formal or informal contexts (including speaking Chinese at home).
Students will benefit from working in classes with small teacher to student ratios (1:5). The program theme, WeChat, is the most popular Chinese social media application and is used by over a billion people worldwide. Use of this app throughout the program will enable students to interact with their peers and teachers in a variety of familiar ways (sharing pictures, instant messaging, posting statuses about what they are doing/how they are feeling, etc.).
The program will also include a field trip in which students will enjoy the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in multiple settings, experiencing Chinese culture right in their own backyards!
The program will culminate in a shared celebration of student learning open to parents and siblings. Students will design and manage activity stations to show off all of their new language and cultural knowledge–by teaching what they know to their parents, siblings and friends!