STARTALK 2014 Summer Chinese Teacher Training Program at Hunter College: The Blended Model

Program Dates

  • June 26 – 29, Thursday to Sunday: On-campus full day seminar on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Part I.
  • July 1 – July 3, Tuesday to Thursday: On-campus full day seminar on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Part II.
  • July 7 – July 24, Monday to Thursday: On-campus three-week face-to-face student teaching and practicum (*Note: During the full day seminar and face-to-face session four days a week, participants are required to be on campus from 9am to 3pm.)
  • July 28 - August 6, Monday to Wednesday: Two-week online second language acquisition project and online practicum
  • August 7 Thursday: Last day of the summer session. All participants return to Hunter College Campus for final project presentation and end-of-session celebration.

Program Location

Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City.

Courses Offered

A. Summer Session Courses

  • CHIN709 Independent Study (3 credits, prerequisite 701, 702, 703 OR 704)   
  • CHND712 Methods I, (3 credits, participants must participate in the program from June 26 to August 7 and complete the assignments in order to receive 


  • Native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with a BA degree and standard Mandarin pronunciation.
  • Speakers with advanced-level Chinese language proficiency (you should be able to read Chinese newspapers without using a dictionary).
  • Priority will be given to admitted Hunter M.A. Program students and those who intend to pursue a New York State teaching certification.
  • Participant must be US citizen or permanent resident.

Number of Participants

We will be enrolling 15 applicants (current or potential teachers at any grade level) who are interested in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.


This summer program may be taken for credit or non-credit. To apply, all applicants need to submit the STARTALK application form. Applicants who are not Hunter students but  wish to enroll for credit must have a B.A. degree, and need to apply for Hunter College’s non-degree graduate admission. The deadline for summer enrollment is April 15. More details regarding Hunter non-degree admission can be found at the Graduate Admissions website. As soon as you obtain the non-degree acceptance notice from Hunter College, contact us to get departmental permission to register for the courses.

Hunter College Tuition and Fees

You can download a list of tuition and fees from the Bursar's website.

Please note that non-NY residents will need to pay a higher tuition rate than NY residents.

Achievement Awards

Achievement awards are available to participants who enroll in courses for credit and demonstrate excellent performance. The number of award recipients and the amount of the award will be determined based on funding availability. The maximum amount will be $500 per course. (Note: Participants who have received STARTALK awards are not eligible.)

Application Process

Non-credit Track

  • Fill out the program application form.
  • Write a personal statement (500 words in English) explaining why you should be accepted.

For-credit Track

  • In addition to the program application form, you also need to submit the non-degree application form to Hunter College Admission Office.
  • Contact Hunter Chinese department to get permission to register for courses after you receive the non-degree acceptance notification from the Admission Office.
  • Pay Hunter tuition.
  • Participate in the program.
  • Receive scholarships upon completion of the courses.  The scholarship amount will be determined based on the availability of funding.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all the seats are filled.

Highlights of Program Curriculum

  • Training will be conducted through a variety of activities, including lectures, classroom instruction, observation, student-teaching, presentations, workshops, and individual projects.
  • Different levels of student teaching (tutorial sessions, small group, whole class teaching, and online teaching) will be assigned to participants based on their ability and background.
  • Instructors will be available for office hours, lesson plan writing clinics, and individual conferences to assist teacher-trainees.
  • Learn how to conduct an online course and implement technologies in teaching Chinese, online practicum, and online tutoring opportunities.
  • As a Hunter non-degree graduate student, you can take up to 6 credits. Once you become a full-time student for the M.A. Program, these credits can be used for your M.A. degree and certificate.

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