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Providence Day to Provide STARTALK Chinese Language Program for Teachers and Students
Posted 04/06/2018 04:13PM
Providence Day School has partnered with STARTALK, a critical languages initiative, to offer new Chinese language training and learning programs for teachers and students in private and public schools.
Funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens in learning, speaking and teaching critical world languages.
STARTALK offers kindergarten through college students and foreign language teachers creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language educations and in language teacher development.
PDS’s teacher training will be a face-to-face, non-residential, intensive program for current or aspiring Chinese language teachers. The program is designed to meld a comprehensive introduction to current research-backed practices in second-language learning with a practical, hands-on “do and reflect” approach.
Participants will learn from a team of experienced world language teachers and trainers, and have opportunities to apply their new knowledge in a variety of ways during the two-week, 60-contact-hour program. Teacher also will have the opportunity to work as instructors in the student program immediately following the teacher program.
The student program is a face-to-face, non-residential three-week, 90 contact hour Chinese language program for rising 9th-graders through rising college freshman in the greater Charlotte area. As the program is grant-funded, it is free for students to participate.
Applying students should have no background studying Mandarin Chinese in formal or informal contexts (including speaking Chinese at home).
Students will work in classes with small teacher-to-student ratios (1:5). The program’s theme, WeChat, is the most popular Chinese social media application and is used by more than a billion people worldwide.
The app will enable students to interact with their peers and teachers in a variety of familiar ways — such as, sharing photos, instant messaging, posting statuses about what they are doing/how they are feeling, etc.
For more information on STARTALK and how to register, click here.