STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US.
STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.
A directory of 2011 STARTALK opportunities for students is available at http://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?year=2011&participant-type=student&utm_source=Chinese+Language+Initiatives&utm_campaign=35d1484ac3-Chinese_Language_Newsletter_May_2011&utm_medium=email
A directory of opportunities for teachers is available at http://startalk.umd.edu/programs/search?year=2011&participant-type=teacher&utm_source=Chinese+Language+Initiatives&utm_campaign=35d1484ac3-Chinese_Language_Newsletter_May_2011&utm_medium=email