North Central College - Naperville, IL

Summer Chinese StarTalk Program

What is STARTALK?

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 2014, the North Central College Chinese Program in conjunction with STARTALK will offer summer Chinese language programs to 40 qualified participants for intensive language instruction and rich culture experiences.

Why STARTALK at NCC? 

  • STARTALK students who complete the Level 1 or Level 2 program will receive one transferable college credit
  • Lunches and field trips are included at no extra charge
  • Students will experience a wide variety of cultural activities such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese crafts and Chinese folk music
  • More advanced students in the Level 2 program will be challenged to enhance their language skills through a more intensive level of interaction with their teachers.

STARTALK Chinese Program at North Central College

August 2 - August 16, 2014

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STARTALK LEVEL I

 

STARTALK Level 1 provides students who have 0-2 years of prior Chinese language learning experience with basic knowledge of the Chinese Pinyin system, pronunciation, tones, the writing system, vocabulary, sentence structure and culture context. Students will learn to perform basic everyday tasks such as exchanging information about oneself/families, asking/telling time, making simple traveling plans, and introducing basic information about Chinese cities. Students will also learn about China’s geography, customs and traditions, as well as explore cultural similarities and differences between China and the United States. The format of the program will be loosely modeled on the popular reality show The Amazing Race, so students will work in teams as they “travel” to meet their objectives and will demonstrate what they “can-do” at weekly Journey Checkpoints.

Program Fee: $90

Program Schedule:

Classes meet daily from 9:00 am - 3:10 pm (including weekends) from Saturday, August 2 through Saturday, August 16.

Eligibility:

Open to 20 rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students with 0-2 years of prior Chinese language learning.

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

     

STARTALK LEVEL 2

  STARTALK Level 2 students will explore and engage in Chinese language learning within the context of a professional environment. This course is designed for students with 1-3 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, so 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 daily from 9:00 am - 3:10 pm (including weekends) from Saturday, August 2 through Saturday, August 16.

 Eligibility:

Open to 20 rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students with 1-3 years of Chinese learning experience.

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

     

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