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2014 STARTALK Programs in Washington State

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Gonzaga University (student)

Gonzaga University Startalk Chinese Program

Chinese • June 23, 2014 – July 11, 2014: Elementary School Session (face-to-face)
Chinese • June 30, 2014 – July 24, 2014: High School and Middle School Session (face-to-face)
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
The Gonzaga University Startalk Chinese Program consists of three sessions organized according to student grade level: elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). All sessions are language-intensive and also incorporate cultural activities such as dance, singing, and crafts. The program is intended for complete beginners or students at the novice level (small amount of prior study of Chinese). The elementary school session runs three weeks from June 23-July 11, meeting every weekday except July 4 from 9:00-12:00. The middle school and high school sessions run for four weeks, from June 30-July 24, and meet Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All classes are free of charge. Students in the high school class can earn college credit; there are grade-level and GPA requirements for college credit: please visit our program website for information about college credit eligibility.
(509) 313-6721 •

OneWorld Now! (student)

OneWorld Now! / STARTALK Summer Language Camp

Arabic, Chinese • July 21, 2014 – August 8, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
Impact HUB Seattle, Seattle, WA
The 8th annual OneWorld Now! Summer Language Camp will be held July 21 to August 8 at Impact Hub Seattle in Pioneer Square. This program is for high school students only and is intended for students with no prior experience in the target language. Participants may choose between Modern Standard Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. In this language immersion day camp, participants will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. From day one, classes will be taught with little to no English. In addition to learning to read and write in a new alphabet, students will gain the vocabulary and grammatical knowledge to identify and describe a wide range of objects or activities in their daily lives. The program will also include music and dance performances, art workshops, and field trips, as well as leadership development workshops. Students will display their new language skills in a culminating Final Showcase at the end of the camp. This program can accommodate up to 18 students in each language. Students from outside Seattle are welcome to apply. However, students coming from outside Seattle are responsible for all costs associated with traveling to Seattle to attend the camp.
(206) 223-7703 • alex@oneworldnow.org

Seattle Public Schools (teacher)

Startalk Teacher Certification

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi • June 20, 2014 – July 11, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
Chong Wa Education Society, Seattle, WA
Seattle Public Schools Startalk Teacher Certification Program will start a new Cohort 8 of 12 teacher candidates (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi) who will begin their first summer of taking 6 graduate level credits in the Washington state teacher certification pathway. Cohort 7, consisting of 5 people, will return to take their second summer of 6 graduate level credits. The program will begin with a one day orientation on June 20. the morning will consist of a workshop on passing the state required WEST B tests of Writing and Reading. Orientation to Pacific Lutheran University's teacher certification program will take place in the afternoon. June 23-27 will be all day classes in preparation for the following two weeks of morning lab school with children and afternoon coursework June 30-July 10. The final day, July 11, will be the awarding of certificates of completion, course evaluations, and a celebratory potluck. Cohort 8 will then have 3 weeks to complete an online course on federal Special Education regulations.
(206) 252-6211 •

University of Washington (teacher)

STARTALK: Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century

Persian, Portuguese, Russian • July 9, 2014 – July 25, 2014: Teacher Program segment (face-to-face)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The STARTALK Teacher Program, "Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century" (July 9 - July 25, 2014), aims to enroll sixteen teachers who are currently teaching Russian (10), Persian (3), and Portuguese (3) in the community or who would like to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement in Russian, Persian, and Portuguese correspondingly for teaching these languages in Washington K-12 public schools. The program is designed to teach them STARTALK best practices in language teaching and curriculum development, as well as the content knowledge needed to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) for World Languages and the pedagogical experience that would prepare them for the Performance-Based Pedagogy Assessment (PPA) for those teachers for whom it is required for state endorsement, and to provide scholarship assistance to complete the required assessments (WEST-E and ACTFL OPI and WPT). This Teacher Program will prepare native (or near native) speakers of Russian, Persian and Portuguese to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in heritage speakers of Russian, Persian and Portuguese. A special focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into language instruction will prepare teachers to work effectively with today's students.
(206) 458-0479 • nikaspb@uw.edu

University of Washington (student)

STARTALK: Russian in the Sky and Outer Space 2014

Russian • July 21, 2014 – August 15, 2014: Student Program segment (face-to-face)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The STARTALK Student Program, "Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space," aims to enroll 20 high school Russian heritage language students in a four-week intensive language program. The program combines the history of the most important events of space exploration with that of aircraft design and the language of science and technology. A content-based component STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is woven into this program through a partnership with the Museum of Flight. Students’ various interests are further addressed by a range of projects above and beyond the STEM topics, such as linguistic and LEGO Robotics research projects. - 5 UW credits in RUSS 499 through the Slavic Department; 100 hours of total instructional content with emphasis on STEM; Scholarship Assistance for ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview computer-based) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test), and the possibility for high school students to earn up to 4 competency-based credits for high school world languages; Increased linguistic and cultural accuracy; Two exciting trips to the Museum of Flight: Aviation Learning Center and Challenger Learning Center; Meetings with Russian professionals from Microsoft and Boeing; Elective Projects beyond STEM topics; and afternoon Russian films and games.
(206) 458-0479 • nikaspb@uw.edu


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