QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
Celebrating Mandarin Chinese!
SUMMER 2022 UPDATE
CHANGE IN FUNDING CYCLE
We regret to announce that due to changes implemented by the National Security Agency (NSA), which sponsors STARTALK program grants, there will not be any traditional STARTALK student programs funded for summer 2022.
The new grant cycle provides for STARTALK student programs to be held in summer 2023. We have applied for a summer 2023 grant and will update our website this spring once we learn if our program will be funded.
Thank you for your interest and ongoing support of the STARTALK program at Queens University of Charlotte!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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,