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This is the eighth consecutive year that Queens has been selected to offer a Summer Institute in Chinese through the STARTALK program and the third year we will incorporate a class of Arabic. In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the program seeks to compliment and support existing language programs for high school students.

Learn more about the national STARTALK program.

STARTALK best practices guide curriculum development and classroom instruction, resulting in a progressive, student-centered approach that is based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Classroom iPad sets will allow students to utilize the latest technology to accelerate learning. 

Learn more about the program's curriculum from previous years.

In an average day, students will engage in language practice focused around specific cultural themes as they interact with instructors, language facilitators and each other. Daily hands-on cultural activities keep students engaged and linguistic proficiency occurs naturally as students become equipped to navigate realistic situations that they are likely to encounter in the target language.

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