North Central College - Naperville, IL


STARTALK Level 1: Journey to the Great Wall of China

August 2 - August 16, 2014

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 finding out/ introduce basic information about the location of a selected Chinese city. 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.

 Features of the Program

  • STARTALK students who complete the program will receive 1 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

 Application Deadline

  • May 16, 2014 

Applications are now being accepted! Visit here for more information!