Published 04/25/17

U.S.-China Institute receives federal grant to offer summer Chinese language and culture program

For the 11th 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.

STARTALK 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 University has received more than $1.6 million for its program which has benefited 601 middle school and high school students and 277 high school teachers from around the country.

Bryant’s program offers an intensive two-week language learning and culture experience for middle school and high school students. Held from July 5 to 25, it is based on customized curriculums by the National Standards of Foreign Language Education. In addition to learning in the classroom, students also participate in 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 to visit historical and modern landmarks and interact with Chinese peers.

The U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University forges academic, business, and cultural partnerships between Bryant University and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and governmental offices in China.