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STARTALK 2013 Honors Chinese Program for High School Students at Hunter College
The program is currently full, please apply again next summer.
A. Summer Session (Non-credit)
B. Post-summer Session (Upon completion, select 11th and 12th graders may earn 3 college credits and a scholarship to cover tuition expenses.)
A. Summer Session
We will be enrolling 20 high school students, with preference given to rising juniors or seniors. No prior Chinese language learning experience is necessary. Students with prior experience will be placed in a higher level class and/or receive individual tutorial sessions tailored to the student's proficiency level.
B. Post-summer session
Program Cost: FREE
Participants will have to pay for field trips, meals, and transportation to Hunter College during the summer program. Out-of-state students are responsible for arranging their own housing.
Students who successfully complete the post-summer program will earn a scholarship that will cover the cost of their Hunter tuition and fees. Depending on funding availability, students enrolled in the not-for-credit course in both summer session and the post-summer session and exhibit outstanding performance (attendance, effort, grades, and proficiency level) may win additional scholarships, amount to be determined by the scholarship review committee.
Please note that due to funding limit, we can only cover in-state tuition for non-NY residents. If you enroll in a for-credit course, you will have to pay for the difference.
Hunter College Chinese Flagship Center
We welcome rising seniors who apply to Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College or Hunter College and obtain admission to apply as incoming freshmen.
The incoming freshmen to Hunter College who have been accepted into STARTALK summer program will have priority to apply to Hunter College Chinese Flagship Center to continue their Chinese studies. The Chinese Flagship Center provides generous student support for study abroad, one-on-one instruction, and the opportunities for internships in NYC and China.
For more information about the Chinese Flagship Center, please visit: http://chineseflagship.hunter.cuny.edu or call: 212-396-6595.
For more information about the Macaulay Honors College, please visit: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/honorscollege
For more information about Hunter College, please visit http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/main/.
A. Lingua Folio
Students will be instructed how to do self-assessment using the online tool Lingua Folio. Students™ learning portfolios will be used to evaluate their progress at the end of each session.
B. Standards-based Measure of Proficiency: STAMP Tests
Students will take STAMP proficiency tests on the following dates at Hunter College:
The pre- and post-test results will be used as partial criteria for eligibility for receiving post-summer program scholarships. Click here to learn more about the STAMP tests. A successful participant needs to demonstrate at least one-level of proficiency growth (i.e. from Level 1 to Level 2) in both speaking and reading of Chinese at the end of the summer and the post-summer programs respectively. Students who miss the STAMP tests will not be considered for scholarships.
Hunter College credits are transferable to other American colleges and universities. Students can request a copy of their transcript from Hunter College and arrange to transfer credits to their chosen institutions. More information about records and transcripts can be found on the Registrar's website.
All students completing the summer program successfully will receive a certificate.
Program Dates and Schedule
Schedule of Activities
Highlights of Program Curriculum
The curriculum features language immersion with a theme-based and task-based approach and utilizes authentic materials in the target language. The themes are: self, family, school, and community. The tasks will involve practicing communication, learning about culture, creating connections, making comparisons, and performing community service. The National Standards are incorporated into the curriculum. For communication, students will practice speaking in class, on the phone, and online. They will read and write e-mails, blog posts, and comments, and share them with language partners from China as well as their instructors and peers. To learn about culture, students will practice calligraphy and be introduced to the work of famous Chinese artists. Students will also work on a cultural project on a topic of their choice. To create connections, they will learn about the evolution of Chinese characters from a historical perspective in relation to the Chinese dynasties, and about the invention of paper and printing. To make comparisons, students will compare their lives with those of high school students in China. They will play Chinese chess and discuss the similarities and differences between Chinese chess and Western chess. For community service, they will travel to Chinatown for a day of volunteer work to benefit Chinese immigrants and learn about the history of Chinatown.
Selection Criteria and Application Requirements
You may send in the application form and statement of purpose first if you need extra time to obtain your transcript and recommendation letter.
You may submit your application and other document by email or by mail.
You will be notified within three weeks after your phone interview whether or not you have been accepted into the program.
Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until all the seats are filled.
Questions? Call (212) 396-6595 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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