Published 05/12/16

Bryant to host prestigious Chinese language program this summer

STARTALK logoFor the 10th consecutive year, Bryant University’s U.S.-China Institute has been awarded a grant by the National Security Agency to conduct the summer STARTALK Chinese Language and Culture Program. More than 420 students have learned Chinese through the STARTALK program at Bryant since it began in 2007.

STARTALK is a government initiative that seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the United States, including Chinese.

Bryant’s program offers an intensive two-week language learning and culture experience for middle school and high school students. The program, to be held from July 11 to 22, is based on customized curriculums by the National Standards of Foreign Language Education. In addition to learning in the classroom, students also participate in rich cultural workshops and activities including field trips to historical sites and museums, martial arts, calligraphy, folk arts, table tennis, Chinese movies, and more.

The U.S.-China Institute also conducts the STARTALK Chinese Language Teacher Program, which equips teachers with the skills and strategies that enable them to teach Chinese with at least 90 percent use of the target language.

At the conclusion of the STARTALK program, students have the option to travel to China with the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. Students will experience China’s rich history and diverse culture by visiting historical and modern landmarks and interacting with Chinese peers.