STARTALK 2016 Summer Language Program at Hunter College


STARTALK Summer Program 2017


Program Duration 

Location: Hunter College Campus: 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065

Daily Face to Face Class Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Online Class Time (At Home): 1.5 Hours/Day

First Day of the Summer Session: June 29th (Thursday).

  • Week 1: Face to Face: June 29th to July 1st.
  • Week 2: Face to Face: July 3rd, then July 5th and July 6th. Online: July 7th.
  • Week 3: Face to Face: July 10th to July 13th. Online: July 14th.
  • Week 4: Face to Face: July 17th to July 20th. Online: July 21st.
  • Week 5: Online: July 24th to July 28th.
  • Week 6: Online: July 31st to August 1st.

Last Day of the Summer Session: August 2nd(Wednesday). Students return to Hunter College Campus for final assessments and end-of-program celebration

Post-summer Session: (Upon completing the Summer Program, students will be eligible to apply for additional online course during Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester, limited seats)

  • Online Session I: September 2017 – December 2017
  • Online Session II: End of January 2018 – May 2018  
    Specific dates will be announced by the end of the summer session.


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Applicant Eligibility

We will be enrolling 10-15 high school students who have no Chinese learning background, with preference given to rising juniors or seniors. Priority will be given to students who have limited background learning Mandarin Chinese, and can demonstrate a long-term commitment to learning Chinese with excellent academic standing.


Program Cost: FREE

Participants will have to pay for daily personal meals, transportation to Hunter College, and field trips costs,during the summer program. Out-of-state students are responsible for arranging their own housing.


Eating at a Restaurant



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.

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 opportunities for internships in NYC and China.

For more information about the Chinese Flagship Center, please visit: or call: 212-396-6595.

For more information about the Macaulay Honors College, please visit:

For more information about Hunter College, please visit


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Proficiency Tests

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 during the first two days of the summer program and take post tests after completing the program.

The pre- and post-test results will be used as partial criteria for eligibility for the post-summer program. 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.



All students completing the summer program successfully will receive a certificate.


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 theme is “My Mysterious Pen Pal.” The tasks will involve practicing communication, learning about culture, creating connections, making comparisons, and performing community service. In addition to language instruction, students will also be engaging in activities, such as calligraphy, painting, making dumplings, chess, view movies, cartoons, comics, as well as fieldtrip to various locations in New York City.

Students Learning to make dumplings


Selection Criteria and Application Requirements

  • Students should have a long-term plan for learning Chinese and a genuine interest in using Chinese in their intended professions.
  • Students must have a record of outstanding academic performance and leadership.


Application Steps

  1. Fill out the program online application form.  
  2. Obtain a letter of recommendation from either a school teacher or principal. The recommendation can be submitted via email to
  3. Obtain a copy of your academic transcript.
  4. Write a personal statement essay in English (500 words, single space, size 12, Times New Roman, 1” margin) talk about why you should be accepted.
  5. Send us your letter of recommendation, academic transcript, and personal statement by email or by mail. You may send in the application form and statement of purpose first if you need extra time to obtain your transcript and recommendation letter.
    • Email:
    • Mail: High School STARTALK Program
      Hunter College HW1425
      Department of Classical and Oriental Studies
      695 Park Avenue
      New York, New York 10065

Qualified candidates will be contacted for a 5-10 minute phone interview.

Application Deadline

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

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Contact Information


Phone: 212-396-6724


High School STARTALK Program
Hunter College HW1425
Department of Classical and Oriental Studies
695 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065


Online Application Form:

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