Russian STARTALK Program Welcome to My World at the University of North Texas (UNT): June 5th - June 30th, 2017, Denton, Texas
STARTALK is a federally funded intensive language program that promotes the teaching and learning of critical languages in the US. More information on STARTALK, critical languages, and STARTALK teaching principles, can be found at https://startalk.umd.edu/public/
The Russian STARTALK Program at UNT: Program Overview
The Russian STARTALK Program at UNT is a non- residential, intensive Russian language course at the Novice level and is fully funded by a federal grant. All program activities, including tuition, textbooks and other learning materials are free of charge for the students. The program Welcome to My World is an intensive Russian language course that provides 90 instructional hours over a period of four weeks or 22.5 instructional hours per week. Upon successful completion of the program students will be awarded six college credit hours. The program is based on a thematically organized curriculum and designed to provide students with a full immersive and intensive language learning experience. The number of program participants is limited to 20 students that will be selected from a pool of applicants. The selection criteria will be based on academic performance, a letter of recommendation from a teacher/instructor and interest in pursuing Russian after the completion of the program.
The program will be held at the UNT campus in Denton, in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (WLLC). More information on WLLC and travel directions can be found on http://worldlanguages.unt.edu/
- The STARTALK application process is currently open on-line through the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (WLLC) website. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 16th, 2017. All successful candidates will be informed no later than May 18th, 2017
- Program Dates: June 5th- June 30th, 2017
- Program Closing Ceremony: June 30th, 2017
Classes start at 9:00am and finish at 4:00pm (with short breaks between classes and a 30-minute lunch break) daily from Monday through Friday. All instructions are given in Russian. We appreciate the challenging nature of the program. Therefore, we balance our curriculum and include a range of various activities in our daily schedule. Daily activities include:
- The morning warming-up exercises
- Language practice lessons (50 minutes each)
- Cultural activities: traditional Russian cooking classes, traditional Russian craft, traditional Russian music and dance appreciation classes, a field trip to a Russian Orthodox Church etc.
- Language LAB
Eligible participants: Rising high school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores, and all UNT students are eligible for participation in the program.
How to apply
Please include with your application form the following documents:
- One letter of recommendation from your teacher or instructor
- An unofficial transcript from current school or college/university
- A brief essay in English (up to 300 words) explaining why you wish to participate in the program.
How much does the program cost?
All program activities, including tuition, extra-curricular activities, including field trips; textbooks and other learning materials are free of charge for the students.
Out of pocket expenses include the cost of daily parking for program participants, lunches, snacks and refreshments.
Will students earn college or dual enrollment credits?
Students will earn six college credits from UNT. They may be eligible for dual high school credit pending the approval of their high school.
What level of Russian are students expected to reach?
Upon successful completion of the program, students are expected to be at the Novice High level of proficiency according to the guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
How is the program taught
The program Welcome to My World is an intensive Russian language course that provides 90 instructional hours over the period of four weeks or 22.5 instructional hours per week. All classes are taught and cultural activities are conducted by qualified instructors using modern pedagogical techniques. The program provides a unique opportunity for full immersion as the program is taught in Russian. In class, students will focus on developing the four essential language skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Cultural activities include traditional Russian cooking classes, traditional Russian craft, traditional Russian music and dance appreciation classes, a field trip to a Russian Orthodox Church etc.