STARTALK 2023:

QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE

Celebrating Mandarin Chinese!

 

SUMMER 2023 PROGRAM UPDATES

July 10 - July 28, 2023
in-person program

 
We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant for our Summer 2023 Chinese program!

What's New?
Due to changes implemented by the National Security Agency (NSA), which sponsors all STARTALK program grants, there have been some important updates to our program's structure. The summer 2023 in-person program will continue as usual, but the application timeline will change since we are now offering pre-program enrichment activities that students may complete online! 

We are currently updating our application and website to better reflect these exciting updates! Please know that we will begin reviewing and enrolling students at the very beginning of the new year, 2023, and all applications submitted by that time will receive priority consideration. After the new year, students will be admitted on a rolling basis. We anticipate that pre-program activities will begin later in January. Students who attend the program will also commit to completing post-program activities, including 1:1 Chinese practice conversations with trained coaches.

Our FREE Mandarin Chinese language immersion program is made possible through STARTALK, a government grant that promotes the teaching and learning of critical languages in the United States! Learn more about STARTALK here.

Students who successfully complete the program can earn 4 hours of college credit for Chinese 101 or 102.

The program is in-person but non-residential and meets Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with optional late pick-up until 4:00 p.m.

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CURRICULUM AND THEME

Daily instruction revolves around our program theme of Holidays and Celebrations. During the program, students will use the target language to participate in engaging cultural activities and create cultural products related to a variety of celebrations, festivals, and events. As we celebrate together, students will exchange information about their families, lives, and traditions with their peers and their Skype partners living in the Chinese and Arabic speaking world.

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ELIGIBILITY

Students who will be in 7th grade through those who will be college freshmen in August of 2019 may apply. We offer classes for beginners and more advanced students and prior experience is not required for either language. Class placement is based on grade level and proficiency.


Queens University StarTalk welcomes applications from a diverse group of learners including traditional and home school students, heritage and non-heritage speakers, and students with disabilities. Accommodations can be arranged with the Program Director and our Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office.

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PROGRAM STAFF

Our lead classroom instructors are qualified and credentialed teachers working in area public, private, and charter schools and Universities. Most of our teachers also have years of experience working with the StarTalk program. Several have a Masters or Doctorate degree in language, teaching, or other subject areas. Program administrators are professors at Queens University with years of foreign language teaching and StarTalk program administration experience. All staff members complete Queens' hiring process, including background checks, before working with your children.

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PROGRAM HISTORY

Queens University of Charlotte has offered StarTalk summer language immersion programs yearly since 2009. Chinese has been offered each year and Arabic was offered for the fifth year in 2019. Arabic will not be offered in 2020,

CONTACT

1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207

(704) 337-2200

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