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Asian Studies Outreach Program

StarTalk Vermont returns to UVM for Summer 2015

Vermont High School Students can study Chinese Language in a Creative and Engaging Summer Program

Vermont Students at the 2013 StarTalk Vermont Program

For the fourth consecutive year, a team of educators in the College of Education and Social Services have been awarded the STARTALK grant by National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a federally funded program of the US Department of State. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.

The renewed grant will provide 18 Vermont students the chance to learn Chinese in an immersion environment and provide 10 Chinese Language teachers from around the USA with the opportunity to learn with the leading instructors in Chinese language pedagogy. The residential program is open to high school students with full and partial-financial aid scholarships available. The application process will open in mid-March 2015 and applications can be found at

The StarTalk Student Program is currently seeking a Program Assistant. Recent graduates in the Department of Education at CESS or graduates with comparable experience leading high school programs are encouraged to contact Jacqueline Drouin at for more information about the position.

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