North Central College - Naperville, IL

Summer Chinese StarTalk Program


A Chinese Immersion Experience

The STARTALK program is a federal government initiative to increase the number of young Americans learning and speaking critical need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences.  In 2015, the North Central College Chinese Program in conjunction with STARTALK will offer summer Chinese language programs to 24 qualified participants for intensive language instruction and rich culture experiences.

STARTALK Chinese Program at North Central College

July 6-18, 2015

Applications now available online!

NCC STARTALK students will explore and engage in Chinese language learning within the context of a professional environment. This course is designed for students with 1-2 years of Chinese learning experience. Topics to be explored include job interviewing, asking questions in a business context, introducing oneself and engaging in appropriate conversation for the professional world, using modern technology, and the importance of teamwork. This summer program aims at providing students with opportunities to enhance their language skills and to learn about China’s major industries, customs and traditions, as well as explore similarities and differences between STEM-based careers in China and the United States. The format of the program will be loosely modeled on the popular reality shows The Apprentice and Shark Tank. Students will work in teams to develop strategies to market a product in China and will demonstrate what they “can-do” at weekly Board Meetings.

Program Fee: $90

 Program Schedule: Classes meet Monday through Satruday from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday July 6 through Satruday, July 18.

 Eligibility: Open to 24 rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students with 1-2 years of Chinese learning experience.

 Admission is selective. Applicants are expected to demonstrate commitment to continue studying the language beyond the summer program.

Program Features:
Students in the program will be challenged to enhance their language skills through an intensive level of interaction with their teachers and peers. The program includes:

  • Daily lunch and a snack
  • Field trips to the local Chinese community center and Chinatown
  • Lessons in cultural activities such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese crafts and Chinese folk dance and martial arts
  • Closing program ceremony (family members are invited)

 Important Application Dates:

  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
  • Acceptance Notification Date: May 22, 2015


Contact Information:
For more information about the program, contact Dr. Jinai Sun at or 630-637-5263.
For more information about registration, contact the office of Community Development 630-637-5560