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STARTALK 2015

What is STARTALK?

The Language Learning Research Center (LLRC) at Stony Brook University is proud to host its second STARTALK program for high school juniors/seniors, and college students. The program provides an opportunity to earn 6 college credits in just 7 weeks through intensive introductions to Arabic, Korean, Persian and Turkish. The courses are designed to teach the language to novice-level learners through student-centered, creative, interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive tasks which allow students to build speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as intercultural competence. In addition to daily instruction, this summer program features organized field trips to relevant cultural sites, guest speakers on topics which tie into our theme, and film screenings.

For more information on the STARTALK 2015 Courses offered, click here.

Note: The STARTALK 2015 Program at Stony Brook is a non-residential program. Students are advised to manage their own housing and transportation during the program period.

How Can I Register? (CLOSED)

All Students

High School Students

  • If you are over the age of 16, please follow this link to register:
  • It is also important for parents to understand that this is a college course and their son/daughter will be in the same classroom with college students that may be several years older.

Graduate Students

  • If you are a graduate student, and you are interested in one of these classes, please contact Dr. Andrea Fedi to discuss options available to you for registering.

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

Up to 4 students in each of the four languages (16 in total) will receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks for these courses, which are designed to prepare students for continued study of those languages both here and abroad.

The deadline for 2015 scholarship applications is April 30, 2015.    
Scholarship awards will be announced via email at the beginning of May.

Application Materials

Students who are interested in applying for a scholarship for summer study should also submit:

  • A one-page personal statement explaining why they are interested in studying this language during the summer.
  • School transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for screening).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from current or former teachers/professors, who can attest to their academic preparation and potential.

Note: The personal statement and the transcripts should be sent by the applicant via regular mail or email. Letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommender (teacher/professor), via mail or email, to Dr. Andrea Fedi. Make sure that the applicant's full name is included in all the documents.

What Courses Do You Offer?

Arabic 

ARB 101: Intensive Elementary Arabic

An intensive course covering the elementary Arabic program (ARB 111, ARB 112) in one semester. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language.

DEC: S3
SBC: LANG
Session: Session 2 Extended
Class #: 62127
Section: 01
Instructor: Anne-Marie Poulos
Days: Mon., Tues., Weds., Thurs.
Time: 9:00AM-12:30PM
6 credits

Korean

KOR 101: Intensive Elementary Korean

An intensive, 6-credit, elementary-level Korean language course that provides foundational knowledge and skills including pronunciation, basic everyday conversational proficiency, principles of character formation, basic grammatical rules, and basic cultural norms and preferences that govern language use. Drawing upon a communicative approach, this course situates oral and written language in real-life contexts and promotes learner-centered, interactive classroom activities. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language. A student who has had two or more years of Korean in high school (or who has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency) may not take KOR 101 without written permission from the supervisor of the course. May not be taken for credit after any other course in Korean.

DEC: S3
SBC: LANG
Session: Session 2 Extended
Class #: 65708
Section: 01
Instructor: TBA
Days: Mon., Tues., Weds., Thurs.
Time: 9:00AM-12:30PM
6 credits

Persian

PER 101: Intensive Elementary Persian

An intensive course covering the elementary Persian program in one semester, satisfying the language requirement. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language.

DEC: S3
SBC: LANG
Session: Session 2 Extended
Class #: 62289
Section: 01
Instructor: Vahideh Rasekhikolokdaragh
Days: Mon., Tues., Weds., Thurs.
Time: 9:00AM-12:30PM
6 credits

Turkish

TRK 101: Intensive Elementary Turkish

An intensive course covering the elementary Turkish program in one semester, satisfying the language requirement. This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language.

DEC: S3
SBC: LANG
Session: Session 2 Extended
Class #: 62511
Section: 01
Instructor: Aydogan Yanilmaz
Days: Mon., Tues., Weds., Thurs.
Time: 9:00AM-12:30PM
6 credits

How Can I Contact You Guys?

Application materials or questions regarding the applications should be directed to:

  • Dr. Andrea Fedi, Startalk Program Director/LLRC Director
  • Email: andrea.fedi@stonybrook.edu
  • Phone: (631) 632-6914
  • Address: 
    • Language Learning and Research Center (LLRC)
      Melville Library N5007
      Stony Brook University
      Stony Brook, NY, 11794-3381

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