Queens University of Charlotte is offering middle and high school students a chance to learn Mandarin Chinese this summer, at no charge.
The program is for rising 7th graders through those starting college in the fall of 2018. The program and runs for three weeks, from July 23rd through August 10th. It’s Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The program is grant-funded, so there’s no charge at all, and it even includes lunch and a snack. Students who complete the program can earn four college credits at Queens University that can be transferred to other universities. No high school credit is offered.
The rigorous program has a history of yielding impressive results as students are immersed in the language through hands-on cultural activities and personalized Skype conversations with native speaking tutors abroad.
They also take a field trip in the community where they will order in Chinese at a restaurant and go shopping at a Chinese market. There is a performance at the end of the session that parents can attend. I highly recommend this program.
Applications will be accepted until an adequate pool is received. They recommend submitting your application by April 6th to be evaluated in this pool. If spaces remain or become available after this time, additional selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. You will need to supply the email address of a teacher who can provide a reference and if your student has experience with Chinese, they will also need to submit a short speaking sample. No experience is required. To view and complete the application, you must be logged in to a Google account.
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A little more about the program:
This summer program is offered through STARTALK, a project 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 learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with in-person and online programs for students (K-16) and teachers at institutions across the US.
Why Study Chinese?
- Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world with over a billion people.
- The economic futures of the United States and China are intricately intertwined, and those who speak Chinese are major assets to employers that work with the Chinese market.
- Learning Chinese opens doors to a fascinating culture with over 4,000 years of history.
- Understanding the Chinese culture and language is useful for those interested in traveling to or working in China and Taiwan.
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