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STARTALK 2014 Honors Chinese Program for High School Students at Hunter College
Please note that all the seats in our 2014 Chinese Summer High School Program
have been filled, and we are no longer accepting applications.
We encourage students to apply next year. Applications usually become available in March of each year.
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 15 – 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 small group and/or 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 can earn a scholarship that will cover the tuition. The number of students who qualify is dependant on the availability of funding. Please note that due to funding limit, we can only cover in-state tuition for non-NY residents.
Hunter College Chinese Flagship Center
We welcome rising seniors who apply to Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College orHunter College and obtain admission to apply as incoming freshmen.
Incoming freshmen to Hunter College who have been accepted into STARTALK summer program will have priority to apply to Hunter College Chinese Flagship Centerto continue their Chinese studies. The Chinese Flagship Center provides generousstudent support for study abroad, one-on-one instruction, and opportunities forinternships 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-basedapproach, and utilizes authentic materials in the target language. The theme is “My Mysterious Pen Pal.” The tasks will involve practicing communication, learning aboutculture, creating connections, making comparisons, and performing community service.
Students will practice speaking in class, on the phone, and online. They will read andwrite e-mails, blog posts, and comments, and share them with language partners fromChina as well as their instructors and peers. Students will practice calligraphy and be introduced to the works of famous Chinese artists. Students will also work on a culturalproject on a topic of their choice. Students will learn about the evolution of Chinesecharacters from a historical perspective in relation to the Chinese dynasties, and aboutthe invention of paper and printing. Students will compare their lives with those of highschool students in China. They will play Chinese chess and discuss the similarities anddifferences between Chinese chess and Western chess. For community service, theywill travel to Chinatown for a day of volunteer work to benefit Chinese immigrants andlearn 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.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
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