What Happens at STARTALK?

Daily schedule will include:

  • Language learning activities from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., which are aimed at building proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese
  • Intense morning classes, separated by level of proficiency and taught by highly experienced, creative teachers
  • Class instruction every morning
  • Afternoon activities to build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese
  • Activities such as Chinese cooking, calligraphy, crafts, movies and music, all of which focus on language learning
  • Daily tutorial and review sessions, study of Chinese culture, homework, and games with fellow students
  • Field trips
  • Create a Chinese music video to share with family and friends
  • Special events including a Night Market and a culminating Celebration Banquet with student multimedia presentations in Chinese

Special events include:

  • Field trips, with a focus on Chinese culture and local Utah culture
  • Create a Chinese music video to share with family and friends
  • A Night Market, where family and community members are invited to come enjoy the atmosphere of a mock Chinese Night Market, run by the students
  • A culminating Celebration Banquet, for family and invited guests with student presentations, awards and multimedia presentations in Chinese

Through classroom instruction and a variety of activities, students build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese. Instruction will be offered in 4 levels of Chinese:

  • Level 1 — Little to no previous experience in studying Chinese
  • Level 2 — Already completed one year of high school Chinese or equivalent
  • Level 3 — Already completed two years of high school Chinese or equivalent
  • Level 4 — Already completed three years of high school Chinese or equivalent

Both morning and afternoon classes will focus on language learning, as well as offering cultural experiences and activities to meet a variety of learning styles. Evening hours are spent in the dorms with the Resident Facilitators who lead group review sessions and group activities or games, make presentations on Chinese culture, and supervise the students in doing homework. There is little or no "down time" and students should not expect to have time to practice a musical instrument, complete complicated physical training regimens, or complete homework for other courses.