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Gonzaga hosting free Chinese language summer camp
Gonzaga hosting free Chinese language summer camp

From Gonzaga University:


Up to 60 Spokane-area students in 1st through 12th grade will once again have opportunities to study Chinese this summer at Gonzaga University, thanks to an $89,713 grant from Startalk. Startalk is a federally sponsored program designed to foster interest in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.


Gonzaga is now accepting applications for the three sessions (elementary school, middle school, and high school). The elementary school session runs for three weeks, from June 23-July 11; the middle school and high school sessions run for four weeks, from June 30-July 24. For application procedures or to download application materials, visit the program website.

For the sixth consecutive year, Gonzaga’s modern languages department secured the grant that will allow students to receive beginning Chinese language instruction since it is generally not offered in Spokane area schools. Startalk funding allows Gonzaga to offer the program free of cost (a small fee applies for students who take the course for credit). All books and instructional materials are covered by the grant. In addition to language instruction, the program also includes Chinese cultural activities, such as Tai Chi, calligraphy, dance, and watercolor painting.


Ben Semple, professor of modern languages, wrote the grant proposal. The team implementing the project will consist of Semple (program director), Bin Cheng Crow (lead instructor), Mary Jeannot (teacher trainer), and Lisa Meyer (senior program assistant).


Startalk is a component program of the National Strategic Language Initiative. The U.S. departments of State, Education, and Defense, and the director of National Intelligence are collaborating in this effort to dramatically increase the number of Americans learning “critical-need languages.” Instruction in such languages is vital to ensure U.S. security, maintain economic competitiveness, and foster intercultural understanding.


Learn more about Startalk: http://www.startalk.umd.edu. For more information, visit the program website or contact Semple at (509) 313-6721 or via e-mail semple@calvin.gonzaga.edu.

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