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Summer Language Program for High School Students!

STARTALK is a government initiative to increase the number of Americans learning critical need languages.  The STARTALK program pays tuition for high school students to learn Arabic, or Mandarin Chinese in HCC’s World Languages Program during the summer months.  The Summer 2015 Program will be June 22-July 30.

Students may apply to take CHNS-102:  Elementary Mandarin Chinese II, CHNS-201:  Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I, CHNS-202: Intermediate Chinese II, ARAB-101: Elementary Arabic I, ARAB-102:  Elementary Arabic II, or ARAB-201:  Intermediate Arabic I.

The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland has awarded the STARTALK grant to select schools across the nation.

High school students (current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as newly graduated high school students) learn communicative ability as well as cultural awareness from experienced native language teachers in HCC’s lively, task-based classes.  STARTALK is a six week intensive language program; successful students will earn four college credits and be prepared to enter the next level of language instruction.  Attendance in all classes is essential for success.

One of STARTALK’s benefits is that there is no cost other than the $75.00 application fee.  (Fees may be waived for students with demonstrated financial need.)  The admissions process is selective.

Application Calendar:

• April 9, 2015 - STARTALK Information Session – 6:30 pm, RCF 400 RSVP
• April 24, 2015 - STARTALK application deadline
• May 15, 2015 – Notification date for admission decisions
• June 19, 2015 – Orientation for accepted students – 6 pm – 9 pm, DH 100
• June 22, 2015 – Classes begin
• July 30, 2015 – Mandatory Graduation


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