North Central College - Naperville, IL


STARTALK Level 2: Working Together with China

August 2 - August 16, 2014

 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.

 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
  • More advanced students will be challenged to enhance their language skills through a more intensive level of interaction with their teachers.

 Application Deadline

  • May 16, 2014

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