STARTALK 2016 Summer Chinese Teacher Training Program at Hunter College: The Blended Model


This page is now updated for SUMMER 2017.

Application for summer 2017 is closed.


Program Highlights

  • Training will be conducted through a variety of activities, such as preparation workshop/seminar, classroom observation and discussion, teaching rehearsal, student-teaching, teaching discussion, etc. Participants draft lesson plans, discuss them with the lead teacher and fellow participants, rehearse the lessons, teach them in a real classroom, and discuss the teaching afterwards. 
  • Participants can experience various types and modes of teaching: group classes, one-on-one tutorial sessions, face-to-face teaching, and online teaching. 
  • Program offers additional workshops that introduce task-based online teaching and teaching beginner learners in the target language. 
  • Participants have the opportunity to earn 3 credits. Once you become a student of the Chinese MA Program at Hunter College, those credits can be used for fulfilling your M.A. degree and teaching certificate.

Program Schedule (2017)

  • The program starts on June 26th and ends on August 2nd.
  • The program combines two modes of instruction: face-to-face and online. The face-to-face mode is used from Monday to Thursday, and the online mode is used on Fridays and during the final week of the program.

Face to Face:

  • June 26, Monday, 9am - 12pm: workshop on effective communication in the American classrooms.
  • June 26, Monday, 1pm – 4pm: workshop on task-based online teaching. 
  • June 27 – 28, Tuesday – Wednesday, 9am – 4pm: seminar on the implementation of STARTALK-endorsed principles of effective teaching in face-to-face and online modes; studying student-program curriculum; brainstorming for lesson planning for student teaching.
  • June 29 – July 1, Thursday to Saturday, 9am – 3pm: observing and discussing classes taught by student-program lead teacher; lesson planning for student teaching. 
  • July 3 – August 1, four weeks, Monday to Thursday, 9am – 3pm: rehearsing for student teaching, conducting student-teaching, observing peer-teaching, debriefing and reflecting on student-teaching. 


  • July 7th, 14th, 21st, Fridays: online teaching practicum (flexible daily schedule). 
  • July 24th to 28th, Monday to Friday: online teaching practicum (flexible daily schedule). 
  • July 30th – August 1st, Monday to Tuesday: online teaching practicum (flexible daily schedule).
  • August 2nd, Wednesday: participants return to Hunter College Campus for end-of-program meeting.

Program Location

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

Graduate Course Offered

  • CHND712 Methods I (3 credits; students enrolled must participate in the STARTALK program from June 26 to August 2, and complete the assignments, in order to receive credits.)
  • Participants who wish to earn credits but are not Hunter College students must apply for Hunter College’s non-degree graduate admission. (In order to be considered for admission, you must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree.) As soon as you obtain the non-degree acceptance notice, contact us to get departmental permission to register for the course.


  • To participate in the STARTALK program itself is free.
  • The tuition and fee for a 3-credit graduate course at Hunter College for NYS resident students is currently $1,366 (non-residents will need to pay a higher tuition rate.) Here is the information about tuition and fees.
  • Participants will be awarded scholarship that can be applied to tuition expenses for a Fall 2017 semester graduate course in Chinese language pedagogy at Hunter College. Participants who take the course in the summer but not in the fall will still be considered for scholarship, if funding is available, but priority will be given to those who take course(s) in the fall.

Application and Enrollment

  • We will be enrolling 10 to 15 applicants (current or potential teachers at any grade level) who are interested in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. 
  • To be eligible, you will need to be a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese with standard pronunciation, or a speaker with advanced-level Mandarin proficiency (you should be able to read Chinese newspapers without using a dictionary). 
  • Priority will be given to students of the Chinese M.A. Program at Hunter College and those who intend to pursue a New York State teaching certification. 
  • To apply, please fill out the application form
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all the seats are filled.

Contact Information



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

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