What is STARTALK?
The Language Learning Research Center (LLRC) at Stony Brook University is proud to host its third STARTALK program for high school students and college undergraduates. The program provides an opportunity to complete a semester of Arabic, Korean, Persian or Turkish in just six weeks. These beginner's level courses are designed to teach the language 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 class instruction, this summer program features organized field trips to relevant cultural sites, guest speakers on topics which tie into our theme, and film screenings. Our courses are the ideal platform to prepare for continued study of those languages both here and abroad.
All courses will be offered during Summer Session 2 (July 11 - Aug. 20, 2016). Arabic and Korean are taught in the traditional face-to-face format, under the designators ARB 111 and KOR 111. Persian and Turkish are offered online, with the inclusion of direct interaction with the instructors. PER 111 and TRK 111 are now officially open for registration.
The STARTALK 2016 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?
High School Students
- Follow this link to register:
If you have never taken a class at Stony Brook University before, click on "Create a new account" and provide the password and email address you want to use. After 3-5 business days you will be sent a Stony Brook ID Number and registration instructions.
If you have taken a class at SBU, type your Stony Brook ID Number and Password to login.
Up to 40 high school or undergraduate students in our four language classes will receive $800 to defray the cost of tuition and fees.
The new extended deadline for 2016 scholarship applications is Jun. 27, 2016.
Scholarship awards will be announced via email.
Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship must submit via email:
- A one-page personal statement explaining why you are interested in studying this language during the summer. Include your full name, your email address, and, if possible, a phone number where you can be reached during the day.
- School transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for screening).
- 1-2 letters of recommendation from current or former teachers/professors, attesting to your motivation, academic preparation and potential.
The personal statement, the transcripts and the letter(s) must be sent via email to Colleen Wallahora, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter(s) of recommendation should be sent by the recommender (teacher/professor), via email, to the same address.
How Can I Contact You Guys?
Questions regarding the applications should be directed to:
- Colleen Wallahora, Assistant to the Director, Language Learning and Research Center
- Email: colleen.wallahora@stonybrook
- Phone: (631) 632-6914