Asian Studies Outreach Program
StarTalk Vermont 2013
Renewed funding allows for a second summer of Chinese Language learning for high school students at UVM
- By Jacqueline Drouin
This combined Chinese language program provides opportunities for both teachers and high school students to learn the Chinese language together. Held on the campus of the University of Vermont, the teacher program begins on July 30 and finishes on August 10, 2013. The dates for the student program are August 3 to August 9, 2013.
STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education program of the National Defense University, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US Department of State.
The StarTalk Vermont teacher program enrolls Chinese language teachers only. There are two goals of this program. First, teachers will upgrade their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture through in-depth study with renowned scholars in those fields. Second, they will examine and practice the latest methodology for Chinese language instruction through their work with the coinciding student program. This is the first time that the program enrolls teachers nationwide.
The student program enrolls beginners only. While primarily for students in Vermont high schools, the program also opens to schools in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts close to the Vermont boarder. The goal of the program is to generate student interest in learning the Chinese language. Students will learn the language at the beginning level with Chinese language teachers through various activities such as games, handicrafts, and mini dramas. Applications are to be available at the Principal's Office and the Guidance Department of each school in late-April.