UNT STARTALK Program Welcome to My World at the University of North Texas (UNT): June 4th - June 29th, 2018, 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 STARTALK Program at UNT is a non-residential, intensive (four weeks, 120 total instructional hours) program that offers a choice of Russian or Chinese language courses 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 or Chinese language course that provides 120 instructional hours over a period of four weeks or 30 instructional hours per week. Upon successful completion of the program, UNT students will be given the opportunity to take a free placement test and be awarded up to six college credit hours depending on the test result. The number of participants is limited to 24 students for the Russian group and 24 students for the Chinese group and 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 or Chinese 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 Monday, April 16, 2018. All successful candidates will be informed no later than April 30, 2018.
- Program Dates: June 4th-June 29th, 2018
- Program Closing Ceremony: June 29, 2018
Classes will start at 9:00am and finish at 4:00pm (with short breaks between classes and an hour lunch break) daily from Monday through Friday. All instructions are given in Russian or Chinese. We appreciate the challenging nature of the program. Therefore, we balance our curriculum and include a range of activities in our daily schedule which include:
- Morning warming-up exercises
- Language practice lessons (50 minutes each)
- Cultural activities: traditional Russian/Chinese cooking classes, traditional Russian/Chinese craft, traditional Russian/Chinese music and dance appreciation classes, a field trip, etc.
- Language LAB
Eligible participants: Rising high school seniors, community college freshmen and sophomores, and all UNT students are eligible for participation in the program.
How to apply
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?
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be given the opportunity to take a free UNT placement test and be awarded up to six college credit hours depending on the test result. 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/Chinese language course that provides 120 instructional hours over the period of four weeks or 30 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/Chinese respectively. In class, students will focus on developing the four essential language skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Cultural activities include traditional Russian/Chinese cooking classes, traditional Russian/Chinese craft, traditional Russian/Chinese music and dance appreciation classes, a field trip, etc.