Will County Regional Office of Education and Lewis University are offering 11th and 12th grade high school students and incoming Lewis freshmen, sophomores and juniors the opportunity to participate in a STARTALK language program from June 19 through July 9.
STARTALK is a project of the National Security Initiative, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages by funding new and existing programs and to provide incentives and rewards for foreign language learning. The overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning and speaking critical need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students. The 2011 three-week STARTALK Chinese, Arabic, and Russian language programs will be conducted daily for 6 hours. Cultural events include field trips to Chicago’s Chinatown, the local Mosque, Chicago’s Arab American neighborhood and a Russian restaurant. Two main benefits of the STARTALK program are no tuition costs for the students and the ability to earn three university credits of foreign language.
No previous language skills are necessary, but admission to the program is competitive. To apply, please visit http://www.lewisu.edu/startalk/. The application deadline is June 5. Those accepted into the program this summer are able to choose to study Chinese, Arabic or Russian.