OSWEGO – The Chinese Language and Culture Academy, a STARTALK program, will present a free Chinese language summer program for children and teens in grades 3-12 at SUNY Oswego.
STARTALK is a language program funded by the National Security Agency.
The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland provides subject matter expertise.
As specified on its website, STARTALK seeks to expand the teaching of “strategically important” languages in the United States.
Its mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning and teaching foreign languages.
Chinese is the targeted language and culture for the SUNY Oswego program.
STARTALK: Chinese Language and Culture Academy Summer Program will take place from July 2-20 on the campus of SUNY Oswego.
Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
A closing ceremony on July 21 will give students a chance to display what they have learned.
There are several slots remaining for interested students.
The academy will feature its open house from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday in Park Hall rooms 202, 204, 211, 212 on SUNY Oswego’s main campus.
The open house will give participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the pickup and drop off routine and daily schedule; meet teachers and classmates; receive a camp T-shirt and water bottle; complete the registration package, and ask questions.
Program officials will help participants complete the registration package, including the required forms with STARTALK Central, during the open house.
Ming-te Pan, associate professor of history at SUNY Oswego, and Ching Hung Hsiao of the college’s Modern Languages and Literatures Department are in charge of the program.
Pan is the program director, and Hsiao serves as the principal investigator. Hsiao is also the program’s lead teacher and designs the curriculum based on STARTALK’s principles.
The NSA has supplied approximately $90,000 in grant funds to support the initiative.
For more information or to apply, visit www.oswego.edu/startalk. Applicants can complete an online application form or mail in an application form to STARTALK: Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp, 433 Mahar Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126.
For more information, including direction and parking information, email [email protected] or leave a message at 315-312-3271.